09/17/2011 10:01 EDT | Updated 11/17/2011 05:12 EST

Quebec residents on strike

A strike by more than 3,000 medical residents in Quebec ended hours after it started Saturday, after both sides announced a new deal.

Residents went on strike at 8 a.m., but contract negotiations led to a new agreement-in-principle being reached before noon.

Residents were asking for salary parity with counterparts in other provinces.

They also wanted on-call shifts reduced from 24 hours to 16 hours.

Because of Quebec's essential services laws, residents were obliged to perform 90 per cent of their duties, even while striking — including all emergency room and intensive care unit tasks.