MONTREAL – The Union of longshoremen of the port of Montreal confirmed on Tuesday that some of its members will work for 40 hours, as part of the negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreement.
The 1,125 longshoremen, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, affiliated with the FTQ, are engaged in painstaking negotiations with the Maritime Employers Association.
Negotiations had resumed recently after a ruling by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on essential services to maintain in the event of a strike.
The strike vote dates from December 2018 and has had to be resumed on a few occasions since.
The strike currently planned will last 40 hours, from Thursday 3 p.m. to Saturday 6:59 a.m. It will mainly affect union members who work at the two Gateway terminals at the Port of Montreal, said CUPE.
Joined by email, the maritime employers were sorry, saying that the negotiations that had just resumed with the union of longshoremen were nevertheless going well.
The Maritime Employers Association remains confident; she says she continues to believe in the possibility of concluding “a mutually beneficial agreement”.
Lia Lévesque, The Canadian Press
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