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Quebec provincial park employees stage 4-day strike over Thanksgiving weekend

A general strike is underway at 22 of Quebec's 23 provincial parks this holiday weekend.
A general strike is underway at 22 of Quebec's 23 provincial parks this holiday weekend. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

A walkout is underway at the majority of Quebec’s provincial parks just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.

The four-day strike began on Friday morning in 22 of 23 parks across the province. It affects about 1,200 workers who are members of the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ) union.

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The parks will remain open to the public and camping sites will also remain accessible, according to Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), which oversees the parks.

“The accommodations and hiking trails will remain open and accessible to allow the public to enjoy the surge of colours and special charms of the fall of Quebec,” Sépaq said in a statement.

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The strike comes as the workers’ union says negotiations have stalled with management. Salary is the main sticking point.

Workers will be off the job throughout the weekend until late Monday night.

A full list of the affected parks can be found online.

— With files from the Canadian Press