Feds move to end strike at Port of Montreal

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This week the Liberal Government, with the support of the Conservative Opposition, tabled and passed back-to-work legislation in the House of Commons. Bill C-29 now proceeds to the Senate before it can receive Royal Assent and force 1,150 dockworkers to resume work. Labour leaders across Canada and even internationally were quick to criticize the Federal Government, with some international labour leaders claiming that Canada’s approach flies in the face of international treaties. The Government claims that supplies critical to fighting the pandemic are being prohibited from entry into Canada as a result of the strike, while some labour leaders claim that the pandemic should not be used as an excuse to ignore the collective bargaining process. With the Port of Montreal normally handling $275 million of goods daily, the continued disruption is having significant impacts for importers and exporters on top of an unpredictable trading market.

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