MONTREAL – The Port of Montreal issued a statement this morning, indicating operations operations at two terminals operated by Montreal Gateway Terminals (MGTP), will be stopped for 40 hours, beginning July 2.
The Maritime Employer’s Association received a strike notice that will begin on Thursday July 2 at 3 p.m. and end on Saturday July 4 at 6:59 a.m.
It will affect only two of the 19 terminals at the Port of Montreal, Racine Container Terminal (Section 62) and Cast Container Terminal (Section 77).
In a statement Tony Boemi, vice-president of growth and development for the port said: “These pressure tactics, exercised by the Longshoremen’s Union, will last 40 hours. Consequently, the Port of Montreal and its partners expect to be able to resume activities as soon as Saturday, July 4 at 7 a.m. Efforts will be made to make up for the delays that will be caused by this exceptional situation.”
The Montreal Port Authority says it is monitoring the situation and expressed hope that the employer of the longshoremen, the Maritime Employer’s Association, and the Union will be able to come to an agreement quickly.