The strike at the Port of Montreal has ended following the passage of federal back-to-work laws.
Bill C-29 acquired Royal Assent after being permitted by the Senate late Friday (April 30), mandating the resumption of all port actions at 12:01 am on Could 1. It was permitted by the Home of Commons early Thursday morning.
“The introduction of this legislation was not something our government took lightly. We believe the best collective agreements are the ones made at the table between the parties. However, after over two and half years of federally-supported negotiation and having exhausted all other options, legislation was necessary to avoid further and lasting harm to our economy, including the loss of a significant number of jobs,” mentioned Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, in an announcement late Friday.
The bill units out a course of by which the longshoremen’s union (Canadian Union of Public Staff, Native 375) and the Maritime Employers Affiliation are to barter with an neutral mediator-arbitrator whereas staff return to work at the port beneath the phrases of the earlier collective bargaining settlement. The union has already indicated it can problem the laws in courtroom.
“The recent work disruptions at the Port of Montréal have had significant negative impacts on Canadians, businesses of all sizes, farmers and medical suppliers,” famous Tassi. “The disruptions were adding a significant stress to supply chains that are already under strain from COVID-19.”
Greater than a dozen agriculture teams, led by Pulse Canada, requested the federal government to intervene within the months main as much as the final strike, which began April 26, noting the significance of the port for exports, notably containerized crops, akin to edible beans and soybeans.