PortandTerminal.com, July 1, 2020
MONTREAL – The union representing longshoremen working at the Port of Montreal confirmed Tuesday that some of its members will strike for 40 hours this week starting Thursday.
The strike will last from Thursday at 3 p.m. to Saturday at 6:59 a.m. It will affect only two of the 19 terminals at the Port of Montreal, Racine Container Terminal (Section 62) and Cast Container Terminal (Section 77).
The strike is being carried out as part of the negotiations for the renewal of the longshoremen’s collective agreement with the Port, the union said.
The 1,125 longshoremen, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, affiliated with the FTQ, are engaged in negotiations with the Maritime Employers Association.
The workers include heavy equipment operators, signalmen, ship’s helpers, electricians and mechanics.
In a statement Tony Boemi, vice-president of growth and development for the port said: “These pressure tactics, exercised by the Longshoremen’s Union, will last 40 hours. Consequently, the Port of Montreal and its partners expect to be able to resume activities as soon as Saturday, July 4 at 7 a.m. Efforts will be made to make up for the delays that will be caused by this exceptional situation.”
The Maritime Employers Association said in an email that it was sorry to hear of the planned strike, saying that negotiations had just resumed with the union of longshoremen and are going well.
The Port of Montreal serves Canada and several American states. Its sites extend over 26 kilometres on the island of Montreal and four kilometres in Contrecoeur.
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