Quebec students file class-action lawsuit over class boycotts

August 31, 2012

A group of young Quebecers has organized a class-action lawsuit against 25 universities and CÉGEPs, as well as the provincial government, claiming that they were hurt by the student strikes. The plaintiffs argue that not enough was done to let them have access to their classrooms and complete their courses. The group's lawyer is not setting a figure on the amount sought, stating that the financial impact varies from one individual to the next. He says the damages include loss of salary, lost work experience, lost tuition fees, and lost summer jobs. The case may wind up determining whether the right to strike, as stipulated by the Labour Code, applies to students. The plaintiffs' lawyer says he will argue that there must be some distinction made between the rights of workers and those of students. Canadian Press