PortandTerminal.com, August 7, 2020
Longshore workers to extend Montreal port strike indefinitely as tensions escalate | Reports of violence during last 4-day strike
MONTREAL – The union representing dockworkers at the Port of Montreal announced that it will file a notice with management on Friday that an unlimited strike will begin on Monday, August 10th.
The strike threat is the latest in an escalation of tensions between the port’s unionized workers and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA). The longshoremen at the port in Montreal have been without a contract since 2018.
During last month’s four-day strike police were called after Port of Montreal managers and security guards were allegedly ambushed as they disembarked from a shuttle bus in a parking lot at the port.
“Shut down the port of Montreal”
The Syndicat des débardeurs du port de Montréal, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, told reporters that unless some breakthrough is reached with management after 65 sessions of contract talks, they will “shut down the port of Montreal” Monday morning.
The union has already walked off the job twice for four-day periods. Since last Monday, ships destined for Montreal have been re-routed to ports in Halifax, New York and Saint John, New Brunswick.
Last week, five local employers groups expressed their concern over the economic impact the labour crisis could have on Montreal, and urged the federal and provincial governments to intervene quickly to reduce the fallout a prolonged conflict would inflict.
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