Overtime strike: STM and maintenance union agree on essential services to be maintained
As a new overtime strike will begin on June 9, the STM and its maintenance union agreed on particular terms aimed at ensuring the safety of STM users and facilities and at promoting fluid movement of passengers, particularly in the context of higher ridership this weekend.
Montréal, June 7, 2018 – The Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT) has ratified the agreement between the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the maintenance union on the terms for the overtime strike to take place from June 9 to 22. The agreement is aimed at ensuring the safety of STM users and facilities and at promoting fluid movement of passengers, particularly in the context of higher ridership this weekend due to Montréal’s hosting of the Grand Prix du Canada.
The 14-day strike involves overtime. Maintenance employees will perform their normal work 40 hours a week, without doing any overtime or accumulating hours.
The STM and the union have agreed that the métro emergency team has to be complete for each work shift (days and evenings) and available for the night shift. Similarly, all exceptional or urgent situations that endanger users’ health or safety or the integrity of equipment and infrastructure will be covered.
Given higher ridership due to the F1 Grand Prix du Canada, additional teams will be deployed in the affected stations. The presence of personnel in the stations and frequency of métro trains will be adjusted to enable the STM to accommodate and move the tens of thousands of people who will be taking the métro this weekend.
The STM will do everything possible to limit the impact of this new overtime strike.
Call for mediation
In keeping with previous announcements, the STM submitted a letter to the Minister responsible for Labour on June 6 describing the situation since the start of negotiations and officially requesting mediation.
Corporate Administrator, Public Affairs