Taking the government’s “least desired course of action,” federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi tabled legislation today that would force the Port of Montreal’s 1,150 dockworkers to end their strike, which began Monday morning.
The Port of Montreal / Port de Montréal strike begins! This morning, more than 1,100 dock workers walked off the job; however, the federal government has indicated it wants to rush through legislation to get workers back on the job.
A work slowdown by dockworkers at the Port of Montreal starting this week with indefinite strike action on weekends “will very quickly cause significant congestion and will have a major impact on the fluidity of the logistics chain,” warns a trade group.
Dockworkers at Canada’s second-largest port yesterday overwhelmingly rejected the offer made by the Maritime Employers Association, setting the stage for another potential work stoppage in the near future.
Longshore workers at the Port of Montreal are set to vote this weekend on a final offer made by the Maritime Employers Association, that if rejected could result in future work stoppages and freight disruption.