Notice of indefinite strike action at the Port of Montreal effective Monday, August 10 at 7 a.m.
Please be advised that the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has received 72 hours’ advance notice from the Longshoremen Union for an indefinite general strike beginning on Monday, August 10 at 7 a.m.
This indefinite work stoppage would result in the suspension of berthage services normally provided by longshoremen/longshorewomen and the handling of goods in the Port of Montreal terminals as of August 10 at 7 a.m.
Not affected by this situation are: liquid bulk handling, the Oceanex service (Bickerdike Terminal) and the grain terminal (Viterra). The Montreal Port Authority invites clients to contact or consult the websites of operators such as Termont (Viau and Maisonneuve) and MGTP (Cast and Racine) to learn the latest on the situation.
The Montreal Port Authority deplores this indefinite strike notice, as Port activities are essential to keep the economy running and, in this period of global pandemic, to ensure public health and safety. A prolonged stoppage or slowdown in port operations has major repercussions on our partners, clients and, ultimately, the economy of Quebec and Canada. Logistics supply chains must be maintained in the interest of businesses and citizens who benefit from the transit of goods.
Consequently, we look forward for the workers’ employer, the MEA, and the Union to be able to reach an agreement quickly.
We will keep you informed of any developments.