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Montreal docker union reacts angrily to Ottawa back-to-work legislation

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The union representing 1,150 striking Port of Montreal dockers today vented its anger after the House of Commons approved back-to-work legislation overnight. Bill C-29 will now go before the Senate Friday, where it is likely also to be passed, and potentially go into force Saturday. Subsequently, an appointed mediator-arbitrator would …

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Ottawa tables bill to force striking Montreal dockers back to work

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The federal government today tabled a bill to end the unlimited strike launched yesterday by dockers at the Port of Montreal, Canada’s second largest port that has seen cargo and vessels diverted amidst the mounting uncertainty provoked by a prolonged waterfront conflict. Such back-to-work legislation would impose arbitration with stiff …

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Montreal dockers on picket lines ahead of possible Ottawa intervention

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Some 1,150 Montreal dockers today began an “indefinite” strike that shut down almost all operations at Canada’s second largest port as the longest labour conflict in its modern history showed no signs of abating. But the work stoppage could be short-lived after the federal government on Sunday announced plans to …

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Ottawa announces it will intervene in any new Montreal docker strike

  Last summer’s docker strikes cost Canadian businesses an estimated $600 million in lost sales. By Leo Ryan, Editor With an unprecedented, prolonged waterfront conflict entering another crisis point, the federal government today (Sunday) served notice it is prepared to rush through legislation should the Port of Montreal’s 1,150 dockers proceed with a planned unlimited …

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Montreal longshore union gives general strike notice for Monday

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The prolonged Port of Montreal waterfront conflict hit a new flash point today with the union representing 1,150 dockers announcing an “indefinite” general strike starting Monday at 7 am. But at the same time, the union said the work stoppage could be avoided if the maritime employers dropped their pressure …

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Port of Montreal employers announce schedule changes

  With the Port of Montreal becoming more congested each passing day with longshoremen refusing to work overtime and on weekends, the Maritime Employers Association announced a “switch to regular schedules in order to maintain the fluidity of the logistics chain” as of next Monday. To continue to adequately serve the population, the MEA has …

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SIU urges federal action plan to immediately vaccinate Canadian seafarers

    Mr. Renato Battisti, who for almost 10 years held the position of chief cook on board several Desgagnés ships and more recently on board  the Damia Desgagnés, died as a result of a fierce fight against Covid-19 last April. The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is demanding a meeting with the federal Minister …

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Quebec business community seeks immediate Ottawa intervention in Montreal port conflict

  MONTRÉAL – The Association du camionnage du Québec, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and the Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ) are extremely concerned about the impact of weeks of uncertainty at the Port of Montreal. Now that a strike …

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A word from the president on the labour dispute at the Port of Montreal

  The Port of Montreal: a part-time public service with significantly reduced capacity Created to cost-effectively meet the needs of importers and exporters, the Port of Montreal is a strategic infrastructure serving millions of Quebecers and other Canadians. Every year, $100 billion worth of goods pass through our facilities. That’s close to $275 million a day! That cargo includes goods that go to families in the …

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Montreal dockers launch partial strike at Port of Montreal

  By Leo Ryan In a move strongly regretted by maritime employers , the union representing 1,125 longshoremen at the Port of Montreal announced that its members will cease working overtime indefinitely as of tomorrow. The decision plunging Canada’s second largest port into revived turmoil and provoking more cargo diversions followed the statement on Saturday …

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