August 21, 2015 1:24 pm
Updated: August 21, 2015 6:45 pm

Union members demonstrate against Harper government

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WATCH ABOVE: Around 1,000 union delegates from across the country are marching through Montreal to protest Stephen Harper‘s Conservative government.

MONTREAL – Around 1,000 union delegates from across the country marched through Montreal Friday to protest Stephen Harper‘s Conservative government.

The group is in the city for Unifor’s second annual Canadian Council.

The demonstration started at 12:30 p.m. outside the Palais de Congrès on Saint-Antoine Street.

Organizers said they are protesting the federal government’s policies and mismanagement of the economy.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has had the worst economic record of any government since World War Two,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias.

“The Conservative government has let down Quebeckers and Canadians of every walk of life, with the exception of the ultra-rich.”

“We need to elect a new government.”

Demonstrators finished their march with a rally outside GardaWorld at 1390 Barre Street.

Garda has locked out Unifor Local 4266 members in Ottawa since May 15 after the security company demanded cuts in benefits and major changes to the pension plan.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers.

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