Montreal, Monday November 15, 2004 The dockworkers’ union at the Port of Montreal (CUPE Local 375) deplore the violent death of a young worker, earlier today. Labour Canada will be investigating this occupational accident. Port activities were temporarily suspended, resuming gradually in the early evening.
On the day of the funeral, union members will be asked to take a pause from their activities in memory of their departed co-worker.
The Union pointed out that the dockworker’s occupation is hazardous and must be exercised with great prudence. The last occupational death of a dockworker at the Port of Montreal was in 1996.
CUPE represents some 2500 mixed sector members in Quebec (dockworkers, insurance company and union employees, social and community groups, value shipment employees). CUPE is also active in 10 other sectors, including, health and social services, education, municipalities, urban and air transportation, provincial corporations and public organizations, hydroelectricity and communications. With nearly 100,000 members in Quebec, it is the largest FTQ affiliate.
This press release and other information are posted on the Internet at: scfp.qc.ca
SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)