MONTREAL –CargoM, Montreal’s logistics and transportation business cluster, has weighed in, saying the longshore workers’ strike is “seriously impacting the supply chain in Greater Montreal supply chain and throughout Quebec and Ontario.”
The organization issued a statement on August 13, calling for an immediate intervention by the federal government to facilitate and accelerate negotiations between the longshore workers and the Maritime Employers Association.
The statement highlighted the already difficult year caused by the rail blockade at the beginning of the year, and the pandemic. “This instability is a real threat to competitiveness with the large hubs on the U.S. East Coast,” the statement said.
“This situation jeopardizes the economic sector of logistics and freight transport, which in Greater Montreal alone, accounts for over 70,000 direct jobs, 50,000 indirect jobs and 6,000 businesses. More than 110 million consumers served by our supply chain are experiencing the negative consequences caused by this strike and these pressure tactics.”
“This walkout has not only serious economic repercussions, but also environmental repercussions. To meet customer demands, companies must quickly find alternatives to bridge our supply chain’s fluidity. Resorting to alternatives to the detriment of our supply chain increases travel times increase, which in turn hikes the cost of transporting goods and considerably increases greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mathieu Charbonneau, executive director of CargoM.
“As an exporter, our operations are heavily penalized by this strike. In an extremely competitive market in the context of an economic crisis, our leeway is limited. With the rail blockade and the recent strikes, more and more international clients are losing confidence in our supply chain in Canada, in favour of foreign players. We must act immediately to put an end to this situation,” said Stéphane Chevigny, president of Groupe Intersand.