MONTREAL – Quebec’s Labour Board sided with the City of Montreal after blue collar workers failed to show up to a hearing on Monday morning.
The City of Montreal had decided to take the workers to the board in an attempt to stop a wildcat strike planned for Tuesday.
Even without the workers present, the Labour Board went ahead and heard arguments from the city; it ruled in favour of Montreal’s request.
The union representing the blue collar workers refused to comment on the boycott, but several workers were spotted at a massive municipal sector protest in Montreal on Monday morning.
The conflict between the city and its blue collar workers erupted over an illegal union meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8 a.m.
“We will not accept illegal actions, nor that city property be used to get to the meeting,” said Pierre Desrochers, President of the city’s Executive Committee in a press release.
The blue collar workers’ collective agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2017.
If the union meeting goes ahead as planned on Tuesday morning, the hundreds of employees who were planning to take time off work to attend it could face disciplinary measures.
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