Major demonstrations are currently under way at the Port of Quebec City and the Port of Bécancour in support of the locked out workers of Viterra, a grain carrier. The company, which has a presence at the Port of Montreal, locked out its workers last January 30. In spite of repeated requests from the union, the employer has been refusing to negotiate for almost five months.
Another demonstration has been planned at the Port of Vancouver today.
Members of CUPE 5317 are demanding a catch-up adjustment to strengthen their pension plan, better occupational health and safety provisions and improvements to clauses relating to work schedules and work-life balance.
It is worth noting that Viterra, a grain distributor, has a history of locking out its employees all over the country.
CUPE is continuing to make every effort to arrive at an acceptable agreement.