Strike at Port of Montreal
The Port of Montreal sent a notice on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 stating “The Maritime Employer’s Association has received a strike notice starting on Thursday July 2 at 3 p.m. and ending on Saturday July 4 at 6:59 a.m. Thus, 2 of the 19 terminals at the Port of Montreal, 2 container terminals operated by MGTP, will be stopped during these two days.
These pressure tactics, exercised by the Longshoremen’s Union, will last 40 hours. Consequently, the Port of Montreal and its partners expect to be able to resume activities as soon as Saturday, July 4 at 7 a.m. Efforts will be made to make up for the delays that will be caused by this exceptional situation.”
According to Montreal CTV News, “Negotiations resumed recently after a ruling by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on essential services to maintain in the event of a strike. The longshoremen’s strike vote dates back to December 2018 and has been renewed on a few occasions since. The currently planned strike will last from Thursday at 3 p.m. to Saturday at 6:59 a.m. It will mainly affect union members who work at the two Gateway terminals at the Port of Montreal, said CUPE.”