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Canada Feds file notice of back-to-work bill ahead of looming Montreal dockworkers strike

00:40  26 april  2021
00:40  26 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Montreal dockworkers begin weekend strikes as talks drag on

  Montreal dockworkers begin weekend strikes as talks drag on MONTREAL — Dockworkers at the Port of Montreal kicked off a series of weekend strikes today, adding to the overtime strike launched earlier this week as negotiations over a collective agreement drag on. The labour actions mark the end of a seven-month truce that began in August as workers and employers bargain over wages and scheduling. Representatives of the dockworkers' union and the Maritime Employers Association met Thursday along with three mediators assigned to the file by federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi.

While the union doesn’t intend to strike for now, they still could, and the lack of an agreement threatens to upend port operations at a time when shipments are already hampered by a global container shortage. “We expect that terminal performance in the port will be severely impacted” given the potential risk of workers taking action, Hapag-Lloyd AG said in an email to customers Tuesday. Michel Murray, a union representative, told a local radio station Monday that the dockworkers ’ main demand is to have work schedules that will allow balance with personal lives.

Dockworkers in Montreal announced that they are expanding their current partial strike into a general strike against the container terminal operations in the port. Workers who had already been refusing overtime assignments and weekend work will move to a general strike effective April 26 resulting in the The Montreal Port Authority issued a statement today saying that it, “deplores a situation that will seriously and tangibly impact the local population and small businesses due to a total shutdown of port operations for an indefinite period of time.” The port said that an unlimited general strike will disrupt a

MONTREAL — The federal government has given notice that it will table back-to-work legislation ahead of a looming dockworkers' strike at Montreal's port that threatens to have widespread economic repercussions across the country.

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Labour Minister Filomena Tassi says on Twitter that forcing the resumption of operations at the Port of Montreal is the government's "least favoured option," but there is a responsibility to prevent serious national economic harm.

While the notice paper is dated for Monday, a spokesman for Tassi says the legislation won't come before the House until at least Tuesday and could be shelved altogether if the dockworker's union and the Maritime Employers Association reach a deal before then.

Business groups, Quebec urge feds to intervene in Port of Montreal labour dispute

  Business groups, Quebec urge feds to intervene in Port of Montreal labour dispute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau Friday received their first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a Rexall pharmacy in downtown Ottawa. After receiving the shot, Trudeau told the pharmacist that pharmacies are places that people are used to, which makes a difference since people feel comfortable when they come to them to get the vaccine.

Dockworkers in Montreal announced that they are expanding their current partial strike into a general strike against the container terminal operations in the port. Workers who had already been refusing overtime assignments and weekend work will move to a general strike effective April 26 resulting in the The Montreal Port Authority issued a statement today saying that it, “deplores a situation that will seriously and tangibly impact the local population and small businesses due to a total shutdown of port operations for an indefinite period of time.” The port said that an unlimited general strike will disrupt a

The dockworkers have been on an overtime strike and refused to work on weekends since April 17 and 18. They say the actions are in response to a change in work shifts the Maritime Employers Association wants to impose as of Monday. That would see thwork seven-hour shifts, up from five In Ottawa, the New Democratic Party called for the Trudeau government to stand up for workers ' rights and asked it not to introduce back - to - work legislation. “Ottawa has already suggested that such a law is in the works; nothing surprising coming from the Liberals who have at heart only the interests of the

More than 1,000 dockworkers at the Port of Montreal are scheduled to go on strike on Monday morning in a move that the port authority says will mean a total shutdown of all operations.

The workers, who have been without a contract since December 2018, have been on an overtime strike since April 17 and have refused to work weekends since April 18.

A spokesperson for the union said it was aware of the pending legislation but that as of Sunday afternoon the strike was still going ahead.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2021

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