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Quebec struggles with construction strike

As if things weren't bad enough in Quebec, the construction unions have been on strike for a week. Work has ground to a halt on building and road projects, after 175,000 workers downed tools on Monday, June 17.

June 25, 2013   Canadian Consulting Engineer

As if things weren’t bad enough in Quebec, the construction unions have been on strike for a week. Work has ground to a halt on building and road projects, after 175,000 workers downed tools on Monday, June 17.

Provincial Premier Pauline Marois is resisting calls to initiate back-to-work legislation and has named a mediator. On Monday, a tentative agreement was reached between the trade union alliance and the Quebec Association of Road Builders and Heavy Construction, but otherwise talks have paused.

Liberal Opposition leader Philippe Couillard was quoted in the Montreal Gazette as saying “For the sake of the Quebec economy and its workers, the conflict must end, because every day we lose millions of dollars which is very damaging for the economy of Quebec and harmful to workers, their families and the entire population of Quebec.”

To see an article in the Montreal Gazette, click here.


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