June 1, 2017
Boilermakers and the Quebec Workers General Strike
175,000 unionized construction workers walked off the job on May 24th, 2017 in the province of Quebec. The workers showed their protest by downing their tools as they have been out of a contract since April 30th.
The spokesperson for the Unions is Michel Trépanier, an International Representative for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.
On May 29th, the Quebec government tabled Bill 142 legislation that will take away the workers' right to protest by forcing the workers back to work.
Michel Trépanier reports that the thousands of workers who marched to the National Assembly to protest the Quebec government's legislation are in shock after they studied the opinion.
Construction workers protested around the province, with the largest protest taking place at the National Assembly. The contract issues/strike relate to over scheduling, salaries, overtime pay and work/family balance. More protests are planned for Thursday, June 1 across the province.