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Police investigating alleged clash involving Montreal dockworkers amid strike

FILE PHOTO. (Graham Hughes/ The Canadian Press)

MONTREAL – Montreal police are investigating an alleged altercation between dockworkers and port managers Wednesday night amid a longshoremen strike.

Police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils says officers received a call at around 7 p.m. that a crowd of dockworkers had threatened and attacked Montreal port executives and their security guards near the Olympic Stadium.

She says the longshoremen had left the scene by the time police arrived to take statements, with no charges laid so far.

Martin Tessier, head of the Maritime Employers Association, says about two-dozen managers were exiting a shuttle bus after moving containers at the Termont terminal when a dispute broke out with at least 50 dockworkers in the stadium parking lot.

The strike, launched Monday and initially planned for four days, revolves around issues including scheduling, working hours and technology.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Montreal port workers, did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2020.