Federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi has tabled back-to-work laws for the Port of Montreal’s 1,150 dock employees, who’ve been on strike since Monday morning.
The laws is about to be debated this afternoon. It would require staff to return to work as quickly because the employer asks, and prolong their earlier collective settlement till a brand new one is negotiated.
It would additionally stop any strikes or lockouts till a brand new settlement is signed, and impose a mediator-arbitrator on each events if negotiations fail once more.
The strike has successfully halted operations at one of many nation’s busiest ports and threatened the availability chains of hundreds of companies.
Tassi indicated final week she was prepared to legislate the employees’ return to work if negotiations with their employers, the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), went poorly throughout the strike.
Union calls transfer an ‘affront’ to employees throughout Canada
A mediation session befell Monday, shortly after the strike started, however the union mentioned the federal government’s intention to legislate has killed the employer’s incentive to succeed in a deal.
The union reacted to the tabling of the laws virtually instantly, calling it “an affront to all workers in the country.”
In a information launch, the Quebec director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Marc Ranger, mentioned the Liberal authorities was merely following the MEA’s needs.
“Fundamental rights are being violated. It is shameful for a government that calls itself a defender of the middle class,” Ranger mentioned.
Opposition events say Liberals have mishandled battle
It may take a while for the laws to cross.
Both the NDP and the Bloc Québécois have mentioned they are going to oppose the invoice. The Conservatives mentioned they are going to determine after studying the laws.
All three events have accused the federal government of mishandling the battle and letting it escalate to the purpose of a strike.
In 2018, when the Liberals handed laws ending rotating strikes at Canada Post, it took roughly per week for the invoice to make its approach by means of Parliament.
The dock employees have been with out a contract since 2018. The union says the present dispute was triggered when their the MEA prolonged the workday with out consulting them.
For its half, the MEA says it wants extra flexibility from its employees to adapt to the altering calls for on the port, which is the second largest within the nation and a key transit level for items destined for companies in Eastern Canada.
More to come back.