12/05/2013 14:32 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 05:59 EST

Quebec nurses' federation supports secular charter

The federation of Quebec nurses’ unions (FIQ) says it will support the proposed secular charter, if it's passed. 

The Parti Québécois government's controversial Bill 60 would see health care professionals banned from wearing overt religious symbols, such as the Muslim hijab, Sikh turban and Jewish yarmulke.

Today, the federation, made up of 60 unions representing nurses and other health-care professionals, said those measures would reaffirm the neutrality of the state and equality between men and women. 

The federation said the decision comes after a careful consultation process involving a survey of its members.