One-month walkout of office workers at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery

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One-month walkout of office workers at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

The employees of the administrative pavilion of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery will be on strike for at least a month.

After having held several days of strike during the summer, the office workers at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery in Montreal on Tuesday called a work stoppage for 30 consecutive days to denounce the impasse that has persisted for years now in negotiations with their employer.

< p class="e-p">The members of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery office workers union who have been without a contract since 2017 say that they no longer have the choice to take such means to make their employer listen to reason.

Aware of the disruption that this 30-day strike will cause on the operations of the vast 139-hectare cemetery located on Mount Royal, the president of the union, Éric Dufault, assures that the operations which were already planned as ceremonies and burials will take place normally.

It's really all the activities of the administrative pavilion: land sales, future burial requests, monument sales, engraving requests, land complaints that will be affected by this 30-day walkout.

This is the last position we wanted to be in. Our mission for us, the employees, is to serve our customers, to honor the memory of their deceased. We are obliged today to exercise this strike mandate, explained Éric Dufault on Wednesday morning on the airwaves of ICI Première.

“The boxes voices are full, it overflows, we are already not able to serve families with dignity. »

— Éric Dufault, president of the union of office workers at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery

Denouncing a downsizing that overburdens employees and a wage freeze that has been going on for five years now, the fifteen union members of the administrative pavilion believe that they are no longer able to serve customers under these conditions today.

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In 2017, we were 24 people in the office. When the pandemic returned, there was a category of employee advisors that was abolished. And that reduced from 24 to 17 and even 16 [the number of] employees in September 2020. That's what created all this overload which today is becoming really painful, deplores the president of the union who accuses the same prompts the employer to voluntarily delay negotiations.

According to the union, even after 17 meetings in the presence of a conciliator, very little has changed at the bargaining table.

“The employer tells us that he is not ready to talk about money. Five years without talking about money is a long time! »

— Éric Dufault, president of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Office Employees Union

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery management does not had not yet responded to our request for an interview at the time of writing these lines.

In a message published on the website of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery, the management explains that negotiations are continuing for the renewal of the collective agreement.

The Cemetery will continue its activities, and will continue to offer its services to bereaved families, and to meet the needs of its customers, also provides the factory.

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