April 24, 2014 12:11 pm

Public service unions protest in Montreal

MONTREAL – Quebec unions representing police, firefighters, public transit and blue collar workers were out in force at midday on Thursday to protest an imposed pension plan settlement.

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Several thousand members of the Coalition syndicale pour la libre négociation (Coalition for fair union negotiations) planned the rally to coincide with the announcement of a new Liberal Party cabinet, which took office in Quebec City on Thursday.

“We invite mayors of all cities and municipalities that have struggling pension funds to come and negotiate win-win agreements,” said Marc Ranger, spokesperson for the coalition.

We have proven that negotiations be successful and are the only way to move forward along a unifying and constructive path.”

The protest took place outside of the headquarters of the Union of Quebec Municipalities.

The coalition has more than 50,000 members and it was created to ensure that there would continue to be fair and open negotiations on the future of public service pensions.

A route map and other information regarding the event was provided to the Montreal police.

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