July 23, 2024

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RTC’s second strike in a few months?

RTC's second strike in a few months?

A second strike in three months is on the horizon at Capital Transport Network (RTC) unless inspectors and dispatchers reach an agreement with management, but buses will continue to run.

Members of the RTC Inspectors and Dispatchers Union voted Sunday in favor of pressure tactics leading to a strike.

According to the transport company, this is a “normal process in the negotiation process”, the RTC announced in a press release to its customers “future” on Monday.

“Capital Transport Network (RTC) continues to negotiate with the union of inspectors and dispatchers with openness and cooperation,” we assured in a press release.

RTC says there is no break in service

Unlike the drivers’ strike in July in the middle of the Quebec Summer Festival, the service is still offered to customers.

“In the eventuality of a strike, RTC will not cause any disruption in service and will make every effort to limit the impact on customers. »

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, indicated that talks with drivers this summer would not be “of the same magnitude.” “Things are going well at the moment. And let’s see what the outcome of the ongoing discussions will be. We hope that the negotiations will be concluded quickly and both parties will be satisfied.

Salary conditions

Dispatchers and inspectors are without an employment contract from December 31, 2022 and want to receive the same pay conditions as their driver colleagues. “Despite a July 5 settlement with drivers, the RTC has refused to offer inspectors and dispatchers the same salary conditions granted to drivers,” the union wrote in a press release.

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“Our members expect fairness between the groups and reacted strongly when the RTC gave them less stipulations,” declared union president Eric Poirier.

Union affirms that members are ready to instigate pressure tactics affecting RTC activities in coming days.

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