The federal authorities is getting ready to hurry by laws within the occasion that dock employees on the Port of Montreal go forward with a deliberate strike Monday morning.
A discover paper printed Sunday signifies that Labour Minister Filomena Tassi may, as early as Wednesday, desk a invoice aimed toward ending the labour dispute.
The contents of the invoice haven’t been made public, and it’s not clear if it is going to resemble typical back-to-work laws.
The discover paper offers the federal government the choice of tabling laws rapidly and bypassing a number of of the standard legislative steps.
“Placing ahead this discover is our authorities’s least-favoured choice. We imagine within the collective bargaining course of,” Tassi mentioned in a string of tweets on Sunday.
“Nevertheless, the federal government should act when all different efforts have been exhausted and a piece stoppage is inflicting vital financial hurt to Canadians.”
The strike is slated to start at 7 a.m. on Monday, in accordance with a discover supplied final week by the union. A mediation session is scheduled to start two hours later.
The prospect of one other strike on the port — solely seven months after the earlier one — has alarmed companies and politicians alike.
An prolonged work stoppage would disrupt the provision chains of a whole lot of firms in Japanese Canada. The Quebec authorities had been calling on Ottawa to intervene within the labour dispute.
Quebec welcomes Ottawa’s intervention
Quebec Economic system Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon welcomed the federal authorities’s intention to legislate an finish to the battle.
“It is a vital scenario for our companies. Two strikes in a single yr just isn’t an appropriate state of affairs,” Fitzgibbon mentioned in a tweet on Sunday.
The 1,150 port employees affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Workers have been with out a contract since 2018.
The union says the present battle erupted when their employer, the Maritime Employers Affiliation, prolonged the workday with out session.
If the employer backtracks on that change, the union has promised to name off the strike. For the final a number of weeks, union members have protested the adjustments by refusing to work weekends or time beyond regulation.
The Port of Montreal is the second-largest port in Canada and is answerable for an estimated 19,000 direct and oblique jobs.