Over 54,000 QC students stage walkout over unpaid internships

November 22, 2018

More than 54,000 Quebec students have walked out of class, demanding workplace protections and guaranteed pay for internships, reports CBC. “This week, we are on strike to demand pay for all internships, at all levels of study,” said student activist Amelie Poirier, who added that unpaid internships are most common in fields where women make up the majority.  QC Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge told the Canadian Press that the strike is premature, as the government is already addressing the issue. “The students are kind of kicking down doors that are open,” he said. Student activist Sandrine Boisjoli countered that the students will call a general strike if their demands are not met by January. CBC | Victoria Times Colonist (CP)