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Public sector workers in greater Montreal and Laval, including CUPE members, will hold a 24-hour strike November 17. The action is part of a series of province-wide rotating strikes organized by a common front made up of the Quebec Federation of Labour (FTQ) and the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN).

The strikes began November 10 in the Trois-Rivières-Shawinigan area. This marks the first time in 25 years that members of the FTQ and the CSN have banded together to put pressure on the provincial government to sign off on an acceptable agreement. The workers have been without a contract since June 2003. In Quebec, CUPE is affiliated with the FTQ.

The Montreal strike will hit the education, health care and social services sectors, as well as all provincial government organizations. However, essential services such as hospital emergency rooms will not be affected.