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Blue collar workers with the City of Mount Royal took strike action Wednesday, February 3 in the face of continuing demands from their employer for concessions.

After months of chaotic negotiations, the 54 members of CUPE 3489 walked off the job, demanding that the employer enter into serious bargaining.

“Mount Royal is not Hochelaga-Maisonneuve or Saint-Henri,” said staff representative René Fréchette. “There’s no reason, financial or otherwise, for them to treat their employees with anything other than fairness. Instead they’re pinching the pension fund and want to reduce holidays, reversing earlier commitments without a care.”