Canadian Government ends Montreal port strike

Montreal

Striking dockworkers at Canada's second-biggest port will gradually return to work on Saturday, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) said, after the federal government passed a law to end the walkout.

Late on Friday, the Canadian government passed back-to-work legislation to halt the strike, which workers at the Port of Montreal began on Monday over changes to their work schedules.

"Our priority now is to plan for the resumption of port operations and to ensure efficient and seamless service," MPA Chief Executive Martin Imbleau said.

But a union representing dockworkers at Canada's second-biggest port by shipping volume said it will challenge the Canadian government's new strike-ending law in court as it violates fundamental rights protected by the constitution.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Quebec's 1,125 longshore workers at the port have called the new work schedules from the Maritime Employers Association unfair and have demanded they be withdrawn. The strike was the second walkout in less than a year.

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Source: Marine Link

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. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local BDP representative.