World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 26 Mar, 2021 03:00 am

Canada’s Liberal government preparing to criminalize looming Port of Montreal dockers’ strike

Canada’s Liberal government preparing to criminalize looming Port of Montreal dockers’ strike
According to the Montreal daily <em>La presse</em>, Trudeau’s cabinet was presented with the draft of an “emergency” back-to-work bill when it met Monday.

Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government is preparing a strikebreaking law behind the scenes to criminalize looming job action by over 1,100 dockworkers at the Port of Montreal.Canada’s second-largest port, the Port of Montreal is responsible for handling approximately $100 billion worth of goods each year.The Trudeau government’s plans to pre-emptively criminalize a strike at the Port of Montreal only goes to show that CUPE’s demobilization of the dockworkers has emboldened the ruling elite, and that when essential big business interests are at stake the supposedly “progressive,” union-supported Liberal government will ruthlessly enforce them.The conditions of brutal exploitation at the Port of Montreal are enforced by a ruthless disciplinary regime.

“It’s a better bet for them than the risk of having containers sitting paralyzed on the dock in the event of a stoppage,” commented Sophie Roux, vice president of public affairs at the Montreal Port Authority.To conduct a struggle against this ruling class conspiracy and achieve their just demands, workers at the Port of Montreal must prepare for a political confrontation with the entire state apparatus.

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