Workers at the former Expo 67 site are on strike for wage parity with their counterparts working for the city of Montra006c.
The 130 striking workers at what is now called Jean Drapeau Park earn on average $8.50 an hour and are responsible for maintenance, grounds, installations and security at le Notre Dame and le Ste. Hlne.
These members of CUPE Local 301, they walked off the job May 31 after management refused to make a serious wage offer. The park is administered by an arms-length agency that gets most of its funding from the city.
Our members are determined to improve their wages and working conditions, says CUPE rep Michel Fontaine. Most of these workers barely earn the minimum wage. Its time the city of Montra006c assumed its responsibilities and ensured that the park authority listen to good sense.
The workers have been without a contract since December 2000. Their strike could have an impact on a number of major events slated for the park in the coming weeks, including this weeks Grand Prix auto race.