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Ottawa Tables Legislation to Send Striking Port of Montreal Workers Back on the Job

The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021:

Ottawa Tables Legislation to Send Striking Port of Montreal Workers Back on the Job

Federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi has tabled back-to-work legislation for the Port of Montreal’s 1,150 dock workers, who have been on strike since Monday morning.

The legislation, debated yesterday afternoon, would require employees to return to work after the bill passes. It would also extend their previous collective agreement until a new one is negotiated.

The legislation would also prevent any strikes or lockouts until a new agreement is signed and impose a mediator-arbitrator on both parties if negotiations fail again.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole issued a statement, saying his party would support the back-to-work legislation.

“Canada’s Conservatives believe that a general strike at an essential port should be avoided during a pandemic for the good of Canadians, port workers of all sectors, and businesses,” O’Toole said in the statement.

Read more in an

article from CBC News.

For more information, please call David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.

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