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A Common Front of Qub0065c unions is gearing up for a 24-hour walkout on October 25 and if necessary a general strike starting November 18.

40,000 health and social services workers, including 20,000 CUPE members grouped in the Provincial Social Affairs Council, have been holding votes across the province to approve an action plan intended to put pressure on the Bouchard government.

“So far 81 of our locals have voted and 79 per cent have supported the Common Front’s action plan,” said Claude Gnreux, president of the Council and CUPE-Qub0065c.

“Our members are talking about the decline in their working conditions and the frustration of not being able to properly meet the needs of the people they serve,” said Gnreux. “They are not voting for a strike because it brings joy to their hearts. They see it as a final means to bring the government to its senses – a government that knowingly orchestrated a decline in services and working conditions in the name of a zero deficit.”