The Port of Montreal Longshoremen will go on a partial strike from Wednesday morning. They say they are surprised that the employer decided to cancel the payment for non-working hours after the last day of negotiations.
The “partial strike” that begins Wednesday morning will include refusal to work on weekends and overtime denial.
It was announced in response to a statement from the Maritime Employers’ Association (AEM) that the generally guaranteed provision in the collective agreement would no longer provide minimum working hours for non-longshoremen. The MEA justified the move by a 11% drop in ridership at the port of Montreal.
CUPE Longshoreman spokeswoman Michelle Murray told a news conference that there could be a “few days” delay in handling containers because Longshoremen will no longer work on weekends. According to him, “95% of companies will not be affected” by the partial strike.
Longshormen said the containers will be processed with materials used to fight the epidemic. They continue to provide essential services on weekends, including loading and unloading grain and containers for Newfoundland and Labrador supplies.
AEM’s reaction is expected soon.