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‘I lost a week of work’: Ongoing union strike playing havoc with Indigenous owned railway – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201921 Views

November 13, 2019

Striking workers on Tshiuetin rail line in northeastern Quebec have agreed to temporarily suspend their pressure tactics pending ongoing union-related discussions with stakeholders.

The strike, now entering its sixth week, is impacting operations on the 200 km line – a critical link which, for nearly 15 years now, has facilitated food and supply delivery to communities otherwise only accessible by plane.

Owned and jointly operated by the Innu communities of Uashat mak Mani Utenam and Matimekush-Lac-John, and the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach – manpower issues during the strike have forced the train to reduce its service to one round trip per week.

“A dozen workers left already because they see that the company is falling apart, little by little,” explained union President Joel Jean-Pierre.

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