MONTREAL, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) salutes the agreement reached with the Port of Montreal railway union. The new collective agreement ratified by the union on Thursday, December 12, will govern labour relations until December 31, 2018.
"We are very happy with the ratification of this agreement. It will ensure industrial peace for the next six years, while strengthening the stability of the port services from which our partners and customers benefit. This stability will also contribute to the efficiency and competitiveness of our port operations," declared Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority.
"These long-term agreements with the Port of Montreal unions will contribute to the positive labour climate. I want to thank our employees for their cooperation during the negotiations. It is greatly appreciated," added Serge Auclair, Vice-President, Strategy and Human Resources.
The Port of Montreal railway workers perform functions such as locomotive operator, signaller and yardmaster. They are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ).
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods - containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world.
The Port of Montreal handled 1,375,327 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2012, representing 12,032,966 tonnes of cargo.
The port also handled 9,721,422 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,467,394 tonnes of dry bulk and 3,070,054 tonnes of grain in 2012.
The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 69,992 passengers and crew members in 2012. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.
Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually.
SOURCE: Montreal Port Authority
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