CSN’s Regroupement des traversiers employees will be on strike for four days at the beginning of November.
Thus, the Sorel-Tracy – Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola and Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout and Québec-Lévis crossings will cease operations from November 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
Unionized workers are still unable to reach an agreement with the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) to renew their collective agreement.
The Central Labor Union announced on Sunday that ferry workers will start a four-day strike in the first week of November due to their impatience and dissatisfaction with the last negotiation session held on October 22nd.
With this tactic, CSN wants to make it clear that it wants a deal.
In response to this announcement, the employer and the conciliator agreed to add a negotiation session on October 27, four days before the start of the strike, and another on November 2.
“When we made the latest employer offers to our colleagues, their message was particularly clear: We are not going to give it up and we don’t want a new collective agreement that offers no response to the few remaining demands,” he explained in a newspaper. Patrick Saint Laurent, Quebec-Levis ferry sailor and spokesperson for CSN Ferry Group.
“While we are, there is a lack of respect towards all STQ employees. In the context of higher-than-normal inflation, the apparent difficulty in attracting and retaining employees to provide services to the population and the difficulties that our business presents, it will be essential for the employer to wake up, listen and take action,” he said. Emilie Borghi Cottier, caucus spokesperson and member of the Ferry Federation Sorrell Tracy – San Ignace de Loyola.
A letter, it said “without ambiguity,” was sent earlier this month to STQ when the employer’s recent offers were rejected by 90% of members.
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