Ocean trailer of Sorel-Tracy: the union denounces the use of scabs

Océan trailer of Sorel-Tracy: the union denounces the use of breakers strike


The United Steelworkers on Tuesday denounced the use of scabs by the Océan towing company in Sorel-Tracy, asking Ottawa to toughen the legislation in this area.  

The workers of Océan remorquage, a company which notably provides a port towing service, have been on strike since June 20, although their employment contract has expired since April 2021 .

The union affiliated with the FTQ deplores the fact that companies under federal jurisdiction have every opportunity to hire scabs, despite the Quebec Labor Code which expressly prohibits the recruitment of replacement workers in the event of a dispute. 

“Enough of taking advantage of weak Canadian laws that allow unscrupulous employers to enrich themselves on the backs of their workers,” said denounced in a press release the secretary general of the FTQ, Denis Bolduc, calling on the government of Justin Trudeau to “fill this legal vacuum”.

“It is all the same insane that Canadian laws allow anti-union employers , like Ocean Towing, to pay handsomely for b strikers while offering their own workers significantly lower wages,” added the Quebec director of the Steelworkers union, Dominic Lemieux.