Montreal dockers reject of US$95,000 a year and demand more
MONTREAL's Maritime Employers Association has said it would suspend 'the job security,' or guaranteed income dockers receive for handling a set level of tonnage
18 April 2021 - 19:05
This came after the union rejected a contract proposal to pay them C$120,000 (US$95,770) a year, and would boost salaries two per cent in the first three years and 2.5 per cent in the following years.
In response, the Canadian Union of Public Employees said dockers wouldn't work overtime or take part in training, and weekend shifts would cease, in a tit for tat dispute and a resulted in cargo diversions to rival ports.
The management and the union are far apart. 'Serious and substantive discussions between the parties have only just begun,' said Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) president Ginette Brazeau.
But dockers seek improved 'work-life balance'. Management officers five additional weekend days off, the possibility of exchanging shifts, create jobs with fixed working hours, and establish a joint committee to 'reform' work schedules.
The union seeks higher wages, more days off per year, and greater control of hiring. The union said it made a counter officer, but did not provide details.
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