The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the Port of Montreal longshoremen union concluded a seven-month truce last August after a 19-day strike. However, this truce is coming to an end this Sunday, March 21st.
This situation is not yet resolved between both parties. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) informed its members on Sunday, March 14th that the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has issued a final offer to the union. It should be noted that this is an offer, not an agreement in principle between the parties. The Port of Montreal longshoremen will vote this Sunday on the offer they received from the employer. Both parties have agreed to not speak to the media throughout the truce and there are no details on the content of the offer.
Many Canadian manufacturers are concerned about this situation as some of them were close to shutting down production during last summer’s strike and certainly do not want to repeat it. Since this has a direct impact on imports and exports of components and raw materials, many manufacturers have decided to redirect their containers to the Port of Halifax.
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