Port of Montreal union vows to contest federal back-to-work order

Striking Port of Montreal workers may be facing a back-to-work order by the federal government early Thursday morning, but they refuse to go quietly.

“The union will contest the validity of this bill,” said Michel Murray, a spokesperson for the chapter 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Calling the back-to-work order unconstitutional, he said the union has filed complaints with the International Labour Organization because Canada is a signatory on two international treaties regarding the right of workers to strike.

Conservatives joined forces with the minority Liberal government early Thursday morning to pass Bill C-29 by a vote of 255-61. It must still be passed by the Senate, which is scheduled to deal with the bill Friday.

The bill is aimed at quickly reopening the Port of Montreal, where the flow of millions of tonnes of goods came to a halt after 1,150 dockworkers began a strike Monday morning.

Read more in an article from CBC News.

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