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Quebec construction workers on strike

May 24, 2017  By Patrick Flannery

May 24, 2017 – Around 175,000 construction workers in Quebec went on strike this morning following a breakdown in talks with the provincial government. Union statements pointed to job security and working hours as main sticking points.

The government is said to be considering back-to-work legislation, saying the work stoppages could cost the province $45 million per day.

“This labour dispute is all the more significant because our brothers and sisters in the construction industry are fighting for the middle class as a whole,” explained François Laporte, president of Teamsters Canada, in a release. “Deteriorating working conditions in this industry could have repercussions on all workers in Québec. This is why we must remain united, committed and steadfast for as long as it takes.”

CBC story


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