"Independent" Senate to vote today on bill to make strike illegal

After Liberals and Conservatives united to support it, the bill banning the Montreal dockworkers' strike now heads to the Senate, testing its independence. CUPE says the bill is unconstitutional and will challenge it in court.

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A strike at one of Canada's busiest ports could be coming to an end as the Senate prepares to deal with back-to-work legislation today that would force 1,150 dockworkers back on the job at the Port of Montreal.

The House of Commons approved the bill early Thursday morning, with the Conservatives joining forces with the minority Liberal government.

But it must still be passed by the Senate.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents the dockworkers, has said the dispute was sparked when the Maritime Employers Association began imposing extended workday hours without consulting workers.

The union says workers would have willingly returned to the job had the employer simply ended the scheduling practice.

It says it will challenge the legislation, which it described as unconstitutional.


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