On strike since Monday morning, the 1 125 longshoremen of the Port of Montréal up the tone, and threaten to increase the average pressure in the face of what their union calls “provocative actions”, or even “declaration of war” by the employer.
Without a work contract, since 2018, the trade unionists accuse of images to support the use of strike-breakers by the company Termont Montreal, one of the major terminal operators in Quebec.
“The company has secretly trained managers to do our work. In forty years, I have never seen a company in the industry to do so, said the representative of the canadian Union of public employees (CUPE), Michael Murray. It is an affront, a provocation, a declaration of war to the union”.
Strike four days
Last Friday, the longshoremen, whose job it is to load and unload the ships, goods, have sent a strike notice to the maritime employers Association (MEA).
The strike which began yesterday is to continue until Friday morning. This walkout four days is in response to another work stoppage, the 40-hour one, announced on 30 June. The longshoremen have voted in favour of strikes in a proportion of 99.5%.
Fort of such support, the union representative invites the maritime employers to quickly recognize the need to review the working conditions of longshoremen. Paid on average “between 115 000 and$ 120 000$” annually, these all they call for the possibility of a better reconciliation of work and family.
Ottawa called in reinforcement
Termont, a property of Logistec, has refused to respond to the accusations of the union. Without naming it, the AEM has recognized his name, “the use of the work of some executives to perform tasks, in accordance with the provisions of the law”, and this “for security purposes and for the release of the tracks”.
For its part, the Montreal port Authority, who is not involved in these negotiations, is said to be “concerned” . The strike has already affected the activities of four ships and a threat to those other three, supported his spokesperson.
Finally, just as worried, the ceo of the Chamber of commerce of metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc, has claimed on Twitter that Ottawa put pressure urgently in order that a solution be quickly found.