August 19, 2022

The Queens County Citizen

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A strike may be called in VIA Rail from tomorrow

A strike may be called in VIA Rail from tomorrow

Talks between the union and the company were still ongoing to avoid a forced suspension of services on Monday, just hours before the strike began at VIA Rail.

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The union, which represents 2,400 employees, filed a 72-hour strike notice last Thursday.

Negotiations between the company and the union are still ongoing.

President and CEO Martin R. Landry said in a statement that VIA Rail has made every effort to close the deal.

He said negotiations with the union are ongoing and VIA Rail is committed to negotiating a contract.

According to the union, a persistent problem is that the employer wants to withdraw the equivalent provision of job security, which the union refuses to accept.

“VIA Rail is trying to clean up the cost structure, but it’s on the backs of workers, so it’s something our members don’t want to subsidize,” said Olivier Carriere, assistant to the Quebec director at Unifor, who represents. employees.

If no agreement is reached, services will be suspended for the duration of the strike.

Many customers who have met with TVA Novelles are concerned that their plans may be changing in the next few days.

“They make us feel insecure in the sense that we postpone our departure for fear of not being able to leave for Toronto tomorrow,” said one client.

Some said that in case of a strike, they would resort to passenger buses or hire a car.