Public workers protest pension reforms as Bill 3 hearings begin

As hearings commence at the National Assembly on the pension reform Bill 3, hundreds of public workers and supporters took to the streets in Montreal to protest the pension reforms.

With police looking on, largely in matching camo pants and "Libre Nego" caps and stickers, about 500 people converged on the premier's Montreal office.

Alain Richard is a retired police officer. He says after protesters stormed city hall on Monday and trashed council chambers, public workers had another reason to protest: to show they can do so peacefully.

"Breaking things will not solve any problems, and it will not get any favour. Our leaders gave good messages, but they are messages that have to be given in a proper place," he told CJAD News.

"We've done what we've had to do over the years; we've paid our dues, we paid our contributions as per our written signed agreements and contracts.

"We gave up things for those contracts; we gave up sick days, we gave up holidays, we gave up pay raises."

Demonstrator Eric Charbonneau says public workers have an uphill battle ahead of them.

"It's going to be a long fight, it ain't going to be easy and it's going to last for a long time. It's just started, so let's see where it goes from here," he said.

The protest remained peaceful, and when all was said and done the only sign any demonstration even took place was a sea of discarded papers and garbage left on Mcgill College Avenue.

McGill College was closed to traffic for about 2 hours between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Sherbrooke St.

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