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jueves, 22 de julio de 2010

Port of Montreal Workers, Shipping Companies Hold Talks on Ending Lockout

Source: Bloomberg
Negotiators for shipping companies and locked-out workers at the Port of Montreal are holding talks on the possibility of reopening the port, spokesmen for both sides said.

“Discussions are very positive,” Michel Murray, an adviser to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, told reporters in comments that were broadcast by the RDI television network. “We are exchanging information for the rapid reopening of the port and the lifting of the lockout,” Murray said.

About 850 longshoremen at the port, Canada’s second- largest, were locked out July 18 by the Maritime Employers Association in a dispute over wages. The association represents shipping companies. Discussions today are taking place in Montreal under the supervision of mediators appointed by Canada’s federal government.

Gilles Corriveau, a spokesman for the employers’ group, confirmed the nature of the talks.

“Everyone realizes the importance of the port,” Corriveau told reporters in Montreal. “We hope we will reach an agreement on a back-to-work protocol.”

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