Nurses across Quebec briefly walked off the job and threatened to go on an illegal strike for better work conditions and complaints about being highly overworked.

Ironically, in the North, nurses are so overworked they can’t even think about going on strike.

“We support the demands of the nurses in the south. But it’s too busy (to walk out). There are too many people in the village,” said Suzanne Roselle, head of the nurses’ union at the Cree Health Board.

“It’s really crazy. We need to have more nurses.”

The health board was in negotiations for more funding and reforms to Cree health care. But in February, Quebec walked out of the talks, angry over the Cree forestry lawsuit filed last summer.