Not any more

Strike looms in Quebec construction industry

In Canada on August 19, 2010 at 08:56

MONTREAL – An umbrella group representing about 146,000 construction workers in Quebec says its members will walk off the job as of Aug. 30 to protest failed negotiations with employer groups.

Members of the Alliance syndicale de la construction will work to rule in advance of the general, unlimited strike, Alliance spokesperson Donald Fortin said at a news conference Wednesday in Montreal.

While the Alliance said earlier in the day that workers would remain on the job until the scheduled strike date, some construction sites in Montreal and elsewhere in the province shut down operations during the day, according to media reports.

Union members have been without collective agreements since April 30, Fortin noted. In that time, unionized construction workers have lost out on $40 million in salary and benefit gains proposed by union negotiators, he said.

Employer groups, however, say the unions are being greedy.

Employers have tabled "excellent offers" at the negotiating table, said Eric Cherbaka, spokesperson for the Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec (APCHQ).

An association representing 15,000 companies involved in construction says it will continue negotiating with the unions to resolve the disputed contract issues.

The employers’ offers to date have been "reasonable and perfectly justified under the existing economic conditions," the Association de la construction du Québec noted in a news release.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette


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