Students are calling for a “social strike” (Radio-Canada)

Originally published on March 13, 2015
See original French text here:

Strengthened by achieving their critical threshold 30,000 strikers, student associations, grouped mostly within the Association for Student Union Solidarity (ASSÉ), call for the whole of society to join their movement against fiscal austerity and exploitation of hydrocarbons.

Some 20 000 students representatives of the Université de Québec à Montréal, as well as representatives of the Université de Montréal and the Université Laval have invited the population – unions, community and women’s groups – to join the ranks of their demonstration on 21 March at Émilie-Gamelin Park.

They plan to hold a demonstration, in the same place, each Saturday thereafter.
The students are demanding that the government reverse all the austerity measures adopted since coming to power and a moratorium on the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the province.

The President of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, holds the view that the exercise of government cuts aims to ensure a better future for young people.

“We want to ensure that young people will have access to quality public services and access to good jobs,” he said in an interview with Information Network Friday. He also argues that the government “shares the same objectives of sustainable development” as the students.

Student representatives will hold other strike votes in the coming days, such as the Cégep Marie-Victorin April 1st.

Several student associations will be on strike from March 23 to April 7, while others have decided to hold two days of strike-off on 23 March and 2 April. The first day will be marked by “actions” and a demonstration is planned for April 2.

Students will hold votes to renew the strike in their associations during the week of April 7.

Associations have reached the critical threshold of 30 000 students who voted for the strike, last Wednesday, by rallying a total of 30,155 strikers grouped in 22 associations of 6 campuses.

Achieving this level was a condition to the strike for several associations.


Translated from the original French by Language and Dissent, a collectively-run blog supporting the anti-austerity struggle in Quebec. These are amateur translations written by volunteers; we have done our best to translate these pieces fairly and coherently, but the final texts may have their flaws. If you find any important errors in any of these texts, we would be very grateful if you would share them with us via email (languageanddissent [at] gmail [dot] com). Please read and distribute these texts in the spirit in which they were intended; that of solidarity and the sharing of information.

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