The Port of Montreal has resumed activities on its docks a week after the truce agreement between the longshore workers’ union CUPE Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA).
Within the week, seven container ships called at the port’s terminals and thousands of trucks and about 10 trains picked up the slack to move goods to importers in Quebec, Ontario and the US Midwest.
It is estimated that the backlog from the work stoppage will be cleared within three to four weeks.
The MEA and CUPE Local 375 are expected to make the most of this truce to reach an agreement although the MEA and the Port of Montreal Checkers’ Union successfully achieved an agreement in principle which was ratified on August 24 by union members.
A strike notice was received by the MEA in late July which came into effect on July 27, which resulted in a suspension of mooring services.
Liquid bulk handling, the Oxeanex service at the Bickerdike Terminal and the Viterra grain terminal were not affected by the strike.