Front commun on strike: Do’s and Don’ts

Quebec’s common front of public sector workers, which includes the FTQ, has announced a first strike day on November 6. Other pressure tactics may follow. As you know, union solidarity is essential, but exactly how can you show your support? How should you react to a picket line? 

Your rights

If your bargaining unit isn’t on strike, you are generally expected to report for work, unless you have a valid reason not to under the provisions of your collective agreement or the legislation. However, you have the right to show your support for striking workers by any peaceful and legal means. 

If there’s a picket line when you get to work and you have reason to fear for your health or safety, you should immediately contact your direct supervisor. Your employer must take action to ensure you can safely enter your workplace. 

If you have specific concerns about how the upcoming Front commun strike will affect your job, contact your employer without delay. They are responsible for providing you with clear instructions. 

Remember: Under no circumstances should you perform the duties of striking workers. If your employer asks you to perform work that is normally carried out by the striking workers, you should immediately inform PSAC-NCR. 

Supporting the Front commun

We understand that most frontline workers provide essential services and thus have very little strike time. We encourage you to spend some time with strikers on your breaks or outside working hours. 

Since this is a Front commun strike, we won’t be flying the PSAC flag, but you’re welcome to show support by wearing PSAC-NCR, PSAC or other FTQ affiliate swag. You may also visit the Front commun website for the latest news and for digital resources you can print or display on your social media.