Nina Laflamme in front of the picket line at the entrance to the port of Quebec. (File photo)
In November 2023, the anti-scab bill was introduced in Ottawa, but it has still not been adopted.
This legislative proposal aims to prohibit the use of replacement workers during strikes or lockouts. It will apply to areas regulated by the federal government: air, port, rail and banking sectors, telecommunications, etc.
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By tabling this bill, the Liberals are responding to a request provided for in their agreement with the New Democrats.
However, longshoremen do not think they will benefit from this bill. Instead, they want to find common ground in the short term.
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< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">We hope it will go much faster than that: we are quite close to a settlement. We just hope that the employer comes to the table once and for all with a mandate to finalize this.
A quote from Nina Laflamme, spokesperson for the longshoremen
Nina Laflamme is convinced that one or two days of productive discussions could end the lockout.
The conflict has been going on since September 15, 2022 and affects 81 workers, but discussions are mainly over working hours.
It' is essentially the question of working hours and compulsory overtime that people no longer want to have to do for obvious reasons of work-family balance, recalls Nina Laflamme.