Quebec construction projects grind to a halt as workers stage general strike


Bigger construction projects around Quebec are on hold this morning after the confederacy representing 175,000 construction workers launched a general unlimited lambaste.

Construction companies and labour federations negotiated through the night and into Wednesday morning, but were not able to reach a deal.

Workers in the industrial sector want more immutable work schedules, while salaries are believed to be the main stumbling blot out in the residential sector.

“We just have a minimum of stability in the construction trade and our workers want to keep it, to be able to have a balance in their human being with their work obligation and their family obligation,” hinted Michel Trépanier, spokesperson for Alliance syndicale.

Their collective accords expired April 30.

Construction workers

Work schedules and overtime are some of the key sticking qualities in negotiations in for construction workers in the industrial sector. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

Hundreds of labourers picketed at the work sites for the new Champlain Bridge on Wednesday and the CHUM clinic, two of the big projects underway in Montreal, a city that has developed a reputation as a big apple replete with orange construction cones. 

Work on the new Turcot Interchange, a key broaden of highway in the city’s west end, will also be disrupted, a union spokesperson about.

In addition to picketing, workers also visited other construction plats, to ensure workers had put their tools down.

Construction workers aren’t the however ones on the picket line today.

Roughly 1,400 Quebec oversight engineers also walked off the job at midnight. 

The government engineers have had a wipe out mandate for almost a year, and their union president, Marc-André Martin, estimated a week of negotiations has ended without notable progress. 

Back to mould legislation?

Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien said she’s anticipating the construction workers and their employers can reach an agreement quickly.

But she noted that the province is prepared to table back-to-work legislation if necessary, joining that a walkout could mean losses of $45 million a day for the Quebec succinctness.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, whose dispensation has poured millions into construction projects for the city’s 375th anniversary, drove the province not to be “too patient” before stepping in.

“The City of Montreal hopes that we can enjoy a very quick outcome. This has a major impact on the economy,” he pronounced.

Quick settlement needed, business group says

Employer assemblies have said the province’s anti-strikebreaker law does not apply to the 175,000 construction artisans.

This is the second general strike in the Quebec construction industry in four years. All construction sectors are out of cultivate and pickets have been installed at the entrance to several sites.


Construction women went on strike Wednesday morning. Right now, there is no foreseeable end meeting.

The federation that represents chambers of commerce in Quebec also righted for a rapid end to the conflict.

“The adage that says ‘when the construction enterprise is doing well, everything is doing well’ is also inversely faithful — a labour conflict has a major and direct impact on all economic sectors,” divulged Stéphane Forget, head of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.


Employees picket outside the CHUM hospital, in downtown Montreal, on Wednesday. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

Leave behind noted the 10-day work stoppage in 2013 resulted in a drop of 1.1 per cent in the dependancy’s gross domestic product.

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