09/12/2014 08:18 EDT | Updated 11/12/2014 05:59 EST

City Alleges Firefighters Slowed Response Time As Bill 3 Protest

The ongoing dispute between the City of Montreal and its firefighters has been turned up a notch.

The city has filed a complaint with the province’s labour relations board saying that firefighters are deliberately slowing down response time as a way to protest to Bill 3.

The city alleges that the average response time began going up at the beginning of the conflict over the pension reform bill. It also alleges that firefighters have cut back on some fire prevention services as a form of protest.

The two sides are set to sit down with a board conciliator on Friday morning in an effort to find a solution.

If the parties can’t find a solution, the labour board will hold a public hearing on the matter.

The firefighters' union would not comment before Friday morning's meeting.