November 25, 2014 4:11 pm
Updated: November 25, 2014 5:36 pm

‘Day of disturbance,’ blue collar workers declare a 24h strike

1,500 unionized workers march against bill 3 through business district of downtown

Tim Sargeant / Global News

MONTREAL – Blue collar workers across Montreal have announced that they will be going on strike for 24 hours, starting Wednesday, November 26 at midnight.

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Workers in Beaconsfield, Côte Saint-Luc, Dorval and Westmount have already publicly confirmed their intention to strike.

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The monster demonstrations are to protest Bill 3, which proposes to increase the amount of money municipal workers put into their pensions.

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According to Marc Ranger, spokesperson for the Municipal Unions Coalition, around 25 organizations will be taking part in organized demonstrations in front of various city halls throughout the day.

Police officers, firefighters, STM workers and AMT employees are not legally allowed to walk-off the job but they will be “visibly protesting,” said Ranger.

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Under the proposed pension reform, workers are asked to contribute 50 per cent of their pensions and the government would provide the other 50 percent.

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About 1,660 protesters are expected to gather on the island of Montreal, with 5,500 expected province-wide.

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