A strike by longshoremen at the Port of Montreal could go ahead now that their employer has failed in a bid to have their activities declared an essential service.

The 1,125 longshoremen of the Port of Montreal, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), affiliated with the FTQ, voted in favour of a strike in December 2018.

The Maritime Employers Association then asked the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) – a quasi-judicial tribunal specializing in labour relations – to declare that all of the longshoremen’s activities be maintained in the event of a strike.