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Strike at Montreal port to extend for a fifth day

Further to the strike action announced by the Montreal Longshore Union CUPE 375, which started at 07:00 on Monday, and is scheduled to end at 06:59 on Friday, the Port of Montreal Checkers Union’s Executive committee has announced a separate 24-hour strike that will begin at 05:59 tomorrow and end at 05:59 on Saturday.

Terminals will remain closed for all activity during this separate 24-hour strike.

The dispute centres mainly on working hours and long-running negotiations for a new collective agreement.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Hum, we are in the midst of a pandemic, people working are lucky to have a job. We suffered a rail blockade before the pandemic, and now they shut down a port for a week causing a huge back up of outgoing and in coming goods to central and eastern Canada. Well done, how can we mess up the economy anymore.

    1. @stephen Cain, are you serious? Happy to have a job? Should workers just pull down their pants and bend over for their employer as well? Way to place the blame on the little people just doing what they can to protect themselves and their livelihood and letting a billion dollar Industry completely off the hook. Maybe the other side has a bit to play as well? Maybe the people who’ve been working non stop through the pandemic, making sure everyone gets everything they need deserve a little bit more respect?????!!!!!

  2. I work as a butcher for a small farm in the Maritimes. Business has been booming and I am hard pressed to keep up with the workload. Two months ago, I invested $3,000 in meat processing boxes from Germany which will greatly improve efficiency and allow us to meet more customers needs. My boxes are now stuck in the port of Montreal because of this strike.

    For the record, at $15 per hour, I worked over 200 hours to purchase these boxes. What right do you have to use my hard earned money as a bargaining chip? Please, fight for fair working hours and compensation by all means, but do not forget that you are unintentionally causing great damage to small businesses who are waiting for desperately needed supplies and equipment!

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