The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) on Monday, May 3, 2021:
Full Resumption of Operations at the Port of Montreal and an End to the Uncertainty
Operations at the Port of Montreal will regain stability following passage by the House of Commons of an Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal. This decision means that the operational and commercial uncertainty related to labour relations between the dockworkers’ union CUPE Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) is now over.
The process established by the legislation will lead to a new collective agreement between the parties, with no possibility of work stoppages.
The resumption of operations and the return to the usual smooth flow of goods will take several days of work by port workers and supply chain stakeholders. Because of this, clients waiting to import or export goods can expect delays in the coming weeks.
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Longshore Workers Will Challenge Back-to-Work Legislation in Court
The Montreal Longshore Workers Union (CUPE 375) announced Thursday evening that it would challenge the back-to-work legislation if it passed.
Michel Murray, union representative and spokesman for CUPE 375, said, “We will contest the bill before the courts, and we have already filed a complaint with the International Labour Organization.”
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For more information, please call David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.