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As Quebec’s busiest summer holiday season kicks off, vacationers may have their holiday plans affected by the threat of a general strike looming among provincial park workers.

Some 300 staff are already off the job at Quebec’s provincial parks network, known as SEPAQ, and the union says 2,500 members could be joining them Saturday.

The threat comes as thousands of the province’s construction workers embarked on their annual two weeks of summer holiday, ending on Aug. 3.

Negotiations were continuing on Friday in hopes of reaching an agreement and avoid a potential snag in people’s vacation plans.

Offers and counteroffers filed this week by the employer and the union were rejected, and a conciliator was appointed, but there has been no breakthrough yet.

Union members want a single salary structure for all employees and annual cost-of-living increases.

In the event of a strike, management has said it plans to keep parks open to the public with reduced services, and officials have asked vacationers to check on the status of services before arriving.

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