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White-collar workers in Montreal to hold one-day strike

12/01/2014 07:06 EST | Updated 01/31/2015 05:59 EST
Some municipal services will be disrupted Tuesday as thousands of white-collar workers will hold a one-day strike to denounce Bill 3 — the province’s proposed changes to their pension plans.

Roughly 9,000 workers in Montreal, Kirkland, Dorval and Westmount are expected to be on strike.
Protests are expected to begin as early as 6 a.m. outside Montreal city hall in Old Montreal.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said the strike will mean that some municipal offices will be shut down for the day.

“Although we have signed an agreement on the maintenance of essential services with the white-collar workers’ union, some services to citizens normally carried out by white-collar workers will not be offered — or offered in a reduced fashion,” Coderre said, adding that he hopes the protests will be carried out in a peaceful and respectful manner.

What’s closed

Here is a list of what offices and services will be closed on Tuesday Dec. 2 as a result of the strike:

- Montreal’s public libraries

- Accès Montreal offices

- service counters

- the Centre d'histoire de Montréal museum

- 511 Info-travaux line

- Claims office

- Montreal municipal court house, except for essential services

- Borough community centres, arenas, sports centres

Reduced services

Facilities run by the city will remain open, but some of their services will be reduced:

- Space for Life (Montreal Biodome, Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Garden, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium)

- Claude-Robillard sports complex

- Nature parks

The protest comes almost one week after municipal workers across the province held a one-day strike.

Public employees are against the government’s proposed bill to modify their pension plans.

Bill 3, introduced in June, would bring employer and employee contributions to a 50/50 split. It could make city employees pay more, and some retirees might also be on the hook for pension shortfalls in order to make up for a provincewide pension plan deficit of $4 billion.

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