Laval: the drivers’ union accuses the STL of pushing a strike

The Syndicat des chauffeurs d’autobus de la Société de transport de Laval on Monday accused the employer of taking customers hostage by refusing to negotiate, pushing workers to consider resorting to strike action.

Bearer of a strike mandate voted by 99% of its members in January 2021, the union says it is facing “the closure” of the management of the STL in the face of union demands.

“We do not want a strike, but we will do it to ensure the sustainable development of the city,” said Patrick Lafleur, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5959).

“The lack of seriousness on the part of the employer at the negotiating table is irresponsible”, said Mr. Lafleur, accusing the management of the STL which “by its mismanagement is endangering the transport service. of the citizens of Laval ”.

The union launched an awareness campaign on the importance of collective mobility under the slogan “Mobilized for mobility”.

“To date, we have made considerable progress in terms of productivity allowing the STL to reinvest in the service offered to citizens,” said Mr. Lafleur, reminding STL director Guy Picard of his promise to “reinject savings. in working conditions ”.

The union representatives met with the candidates for the municipal elections to sensitize them on the labor dispute at the STL.

“In 2021, public transit should be an issue of capital importance for all cities the size of Laval. There is no green economic recovery if there is no public transport, ”added Mr. Lafleur.

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