Strike at the Port of Montreal: Concern in Estrie

The port of Montreal longshoremen put their strike threat into action on Monday morning. They spent the day on the picket line rather than at their workstation, crippling one of the most important cogs in Eastern Canada’s economy. Even if the intervention of a special law is becoming more and more convincing, businesses in the Eastern Townships are worried and are preparing for all eventualities.

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“As much for the materials that we import as for the products that we export, our economy depends greatly on the Port of Montreal. So people are worried and want a quick settlement, ”the director general of Sherbrooke Innopole, Sylvain Durocher, told The Indian Paper on Monday.

For Acier Simmons, it is the reception of goods such as galvanized pipes and reinforcements that risks being hit, said the sales manager, Philippe Gosselin.

“If the situation continues, we’ll probably turn to the Port of Halifax and do the rest of the way overland. But these are additional delays and costs, ”he admitted.

Each week, the Domtar Windsor paper mill ships 30 to 50 containers to Europe from the Port of Montreal. “We are currently evaluating different scenarios such as exporting from ports elsewhere in Canada or the United States. The logistics are much more complicated ”, underlined the general manager of the plant, Sylvain Bricault.

If the longshoremen’s strike continues, consumers will also suffer the consequences with even longer delays in receiving appliances or swimming pools, for example. The Club Piscine de Sherbrooke store must still receive 10 containers of merchandise by the end of the summer.


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