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A Strike At The Montreal-Trudeau Airport Could Affect Holiday Travellers

The machinists are threatening to go on strike.
A Strike At The Montreal-Trudeau Airport Could Affect Holiday Travellers
  • Anyone travelling from the Montreal-Trudeau Airport during the upcoming weeks may end up facing some difficulties due to a strike happening at the airport.
  • Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) are the ones who plan to strike.
  • Find out what's happening with the strike below!

As the holiday season approaches, many Quebecers are preparing to go on vacation or travel across the country to visit family and friends. As well all know, it is a very busy travel season and airports are crowded. If you are planning to fly in the coming weeks, you may experience some inconvenience as there is a threat to strike at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

While Swissport Canada's employees are in the middle of negotiating their collective agreement, it appears that both parties have reached an impasse.

On Tuesday, employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) voted 99% in favour of a strike mandate. This is set to begin on December 25.

There is a total of 250 employees who are members of this union and who would reportedly be on strike.

They work as aircraft refuellers, mechanics, dispatchers and refuelling maintenance employees at Montreal and Mirabel airports.

According to the IAMAW, Swissport Canada is the sole fuel supplier to airlines at Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel airports.

Thus, although the company could implement special measures in the event of a strike, the IAMAW believes that this will not be sufficient to provide the usual service.

"We would prefer to obtain a fair collective agreement and negotiate the terms of our members in good faith, but the employer's attitude at this stage of the bargaining process gives us no other choice," said Peter Tsoukalas, General President of the union's District 140, in a statement sent to The Canadian Press.

Swissport Canada employees have been without an employment contract since August. Among the subjects of negotiation are the wages and working conditions of union members.

To date, Aéroports de Montréal has not yet reacted, but according to what spokesperson Anne-Sophie Hamel reported to CJAD, the situation is being closely monitored.

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