CIRB determines longshore work in Montreal is non-essential

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The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) rejected the Maritime Employers Association’s request to deem port work an essential service in a bid to prevent a strike on the waterfront. With CIRB decision confirming that employers in the Port of Montreal cannot require employees to work during a strike, negotiations will continue in an effort to avert any potential job action. The employers and the union representing 2,100 port workers failed to secure a new collective agreement before it expired on Dec. 31, 2023 but the case was before the tribunal at that time, postponing possible labour action.

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