Category 2 personnel at the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre in Bas-Saint-Laurent (CISSS-BSL). which includes, in particular, personal support workers and support employees, have voted 96.9% in favour of pressure tactics up to and including an unlimited general strike.
The union representing the some 3500 health and social services workers in the Lower St. Lawrence (CUPE 5007) is the third CUPE local in the health care sector to get a strike vote in the standoff between Common Front members and the Legault government.
In response to the employer’s unyielding stance, the unions making up the Common Front began a vast tour of general meetings starting last September 18 and running until October 13 to obtain a mandate to exercise tactics up to and including an unlimited general strike.
The Common Front is made up of the CSN, the CSQ, the FTQ and the APTS, which represent more than 420,000 public sector workers in education, health care, social services and higher education.