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Labour dispute shuts Port of Montreal

Monday, July 19, 2010 > 09:00:27

[SOURCE: The Globe and Mail - online July19, 2010]

Commercial operations at the Port of Montreal have come to a halt after the Maritime Employers Association ordered a lockout until further notice.

A spokesman for the association says all operations have stopped except for the grain silos, which are run by the port itself and not affected by the lockout.

The union representing some 900 longshoremen has said earlier that the workers would be locked out by the employers association as of 8 a.m. ET.

The longshoremen have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2008, and stopped working overtime July 9 in a dispute over wages and overtime payments.

The association says a lockout is necessary because of how the pressure tactic has started to impede port operations.

But the union says the lockout is both “incomprehensible and useless.”

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