Quebec politicians have been working through the night in order to pass a bill that will force striking government lawyers and notaries back to work.
The 1,100 legal professionals, represented by the union Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois (LANEQ), have been on strike since October. They have been without a collective agreement since 2015.
The union met with Treasury Board President Pierre Moreau yesterday afternoon for a bargaining session an hour before lawmakers were set to convene to debate the back-to-work bill. Those talks were suspended once the bill was tabled.
Union president Jean Denis said the government’s offer to bargain under the tight deadline was in bad faith.
But Moreau said action is needed urgently because the strike is starting to have an impact on services, such as processing compensation claims to the SAAQ (Quebec’s automobile…