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Province and public sector unions reach agreement in principle

WATCH ABOVE: All those teacher walk-outs and loud public demonstrations are over. Quebec reached a salary deal with all of its public sector unions Thursday afternoon. Billy Shields reports.

MONTREAL – The province has reached an agreement in principle in Quebec City, both the Common Front and Quebec Treasury Board president Martin Coiteux announced around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Neither parties discussed details, saying the deal had to be discussed with the various members of the Common Front umbrella group first.

Wednesday,  Coiteux, negotiated with the Common Front in Quebec City until midnight, when the two parties finished.

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The province is currently suggesting a retirement age of 61, where the unions are demanding 60.

Recently the province bent on the demanded salary increase as well, suggesting 7.5 per cent over five years.

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The unions want 13.5 per cent over three.

The breakthrough means that months of protests, strikes, and widespread unrest among 541,000 public employees could be at an end.

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