Quebec Passes Back-to-Work Law

Since the ORM Agency is located in Montreal, they are well aware of the construction worker strike that has been going on over the last few weeks. Striking construction workers walk the picket line in front of a construction site in Montreal on May 24, 2017 and it is said that tens of thousands of construction workers went on strike this time. Thousands on construction workers gathered in front of the Quebec legislature on Monday to voice their disapproval of the government’s decision.

The legislation maintains current working conditions for the province’s 175,000 construction workers and will grant them a pay raise of 1.8 per cent. This also allows for a five moth mediation period to allow labor unions and construction companies to get a new collective agreement that they will be required to enter into arbitration for. A spokesman for a coalition of construction labour unions promised to contest the bill in court saying that this legislation was in favor of certain employers.

The construction strike in Quebec has costed the economy $45 million per day and that is why according to the Labour Minister Dominique Vien it was important to put an end to it. This strike has crippled work on major projects such as the Champlain bridge replacement and a Montreal super hospital. The Labour Minister claims that it is important to strike and bargain but it is our responsibility to consider the major impacts including economic and social. It is important for the government and the construction workers to come to an agreement that is beneficial for the economy and for the social well being of the workers and their families. Although this strike really hurt the economy by having a loss of 45$ million per day of the strike, it has also opened up the governments eyes allowing them to come to an agreement sooner than later.