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Quebec crane operators continue strike despite order to return to work


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June 22, 2018 by The Canadian Press

Many job sites were disrupted this week as operator-less cranes sat idle

MONTREAL—Quebec’s transport minister says the government will claim damages from the crane operators’ union for the costs of a strike that has paralyzed work sites across the province.

Andre Fortin says in a statement that he’s planning to send a formal notice to the union over what he describes as an illegal strike.

Most of the crane operators remain off the job for a fifth straight day despite a labour board ruling ordering them back to work.

In granting the interim order June 21, the tribunal ruled that the urgency to act was justified because the strike was having a significant impact on work sites.

The operators are protesting changes made to training requirements that will allow workers to operate cranes without first obtaining a vocational diploma.

Crane operators say the new training program is less comprehensive and could lead to a rise in workplace accidents.


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