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Please find update from CTV News:


“MONTREAL -- The union representing the Port of Montreal's longshoremen announced on Sunday that it has sent a notice to call a partial strike.


In a statement, the union said it would give more details during a press conference on Monday.


Union officials said the notice was a reaction to an announcement by the Association of Maritime Employers (AEM) that it would “suspend certain pay conditions on Tuesday.”


Labour relations have been strained in the port. In March, a mass of union members rejected an offer from the AEM after months of negotiations towards renewing the collective agreement.


At the time, the union did not plan to send out a strike notice, which is a necessary step towards triggering a work stoppage.


The rejection of the offer followed the ending of a seven-month truce between the two parties after longshoremen walked out for 10 days in August, 2020.


In March, a group of business people said they feared another strike in the port would “seriously damage the economic recovery.”


To elaborate on the above, the Port of Montreal experienced a significant 11% volume decline in March, caused by uncertainty and anxiety generated by the labour relations situation.


The MEA exercised its right and gave 72 hours' notice to the executive committee of the longshoremen's union before withdrawing the income guarantee and stopping paying unpaid hours to compensate for the adverse effects of such a drop in volume.


In response, members of Local 375 have advised that they will not work weekend shifts or overtime on weekdays starting Saturday, April 17 at 7 a.m.


Starting Saturday April 17, no linesmen will work on the weekend between Saturday 8:00 a.m. and Monday 7:59 a.m.


Starting April 17, no employees will work on weekend shifts between Saturday 7:00 a.m. and Monday 5:59 a.m.


CN Rail has already begun restricting provision of CN RV’s for POM export cargo in response to the continued threat of strike activity.


We are awaiting update from CP.


It is expected that shipments will be impacted.


This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to provide updates as new information is received.






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