Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Please be advised that there is impending strike action at the Port of Montreal.
The Port has confirmed that 2 of their terminals (Cast and Racine terminals) will close from Thurs., July 02 at 15:00 until Sat., July 04 at 6:59.
Consequently, the Port of Montreal and its partners expect to be able to resume activities as soon as Sat., July 4 at 7:00 and are advising that efforts will be made to make up for the delays that will be caused by this exceptional situation.
The longshoreman at the Port of Montreal had been in a position to strike since June 08th after an industrial relations board ruled the port wasn’t an essential service to the region.
The Canada Industrial Relations Board ruled that the maritime Employers Association (MEA) hadn’t demonstrated that a strike would cause enough risk to public safety and security, pointing to alternative routings and modes for cargo transport to the Montreal region if longshore workers did strike. The ability to strike could give the longshore workers’ union Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 375 more leverage in its negotiations with employers for a future contract.
The six-year contract between port workers and employers expired December 2018. Approximately two months earlier, the MEA filed a complaint with the industrial relations board, arguing that the Port of Montreal should be considered an essential service, and therefore not subject to strike or a lockout.
We are continuing to monitor these events and will provide further update as they are made available.
HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS