dockworkers at Canada’s second-largest port on Sunday 21 March 2021 rejected an
offer from management, a union representative said, raising industry fears of a
new strike following crippling work stoppages in 2020.
A spokeswoman for
the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Quebec which represents the
dockworkers said the workers want to return to the negotiating table. An
overwhelming 99.71% of the union workers rejected the offer, the spokeswoman
CUPE negotiating a contract with Maritime Employers Assn after
agreemet expired I 2018
CUPE has been
negotiating a contract with the Maritime Employers Association for 1,125
longshore workers at the Port of Montreal, after their agreement expired in
Sunday marks the
end of a seven-month truce agreed to by the two sides which gave a reprieve to
shippers who were hit hard last summer by the strike.
Work schedules one of the major issues in the talks.
The workers have
not formally asked to strike. CUPE has said that work schedules were one of the
major issues in the talks.
The Montreal Port
Authority said in a recent statement that the workers’ 19-day stoppage during
the summer of 2020 cost wholesalers C$600 million ($479 million) in sales over
a two-month period, according to Statistics Canada
The authority warned that
future stoppages could cause supply chain delays and higher freight costs
“right as the economic recovery and a broader reopening of the retail sector”
in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario get under way.