STM: the Court orders the maintenance staff to put an end to the means of pressure

STM: le Tribunal ordonne aux employés d’entretien de mettre fin aux moyens de pression

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The STM considers that the means of pressure maintenance employees were such that a disproportionately high number of buses were to remain in the garages.

The slowdown of work of the maintenance employees of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), which resulted in a reduction in the number of buses in service in the last few weeks, is illegal, ruled the Court in the administration of the work (TAT) in a decision rendered Tuesday afternoon.

The STM was addressed to the STATE because it believed that the means of pressure maintenance employees were such that a disproportionately high number of buses were to remain in the garages. Thus, argued the STM in front of the administrative law judge, on February 11, 2019, almost 30 % of the bus were locked, a rate significantly higher than in the previous years.

The STM has also been reported that, during the last week of January, the number of customers who have suffered the impacts of the lack of buses has reached 164 935, compared to 12 727 on the same date in 2018. Overall, in 2018, ten times more customers have been inconvenienced by the interruptions of service in 2017.

Before the Court, the transport company has thus argued that these statistics showed that the employees had acted in a concerted manner.

The union has refuted these allegations, but due to the unpredictable weather which has led to more breakage, poor management decisions and the problems encountered with the new buses, the STM has purchased.

The Court concludes, however, that the statistics presented by the STM to demonstrate a “serious trend” and that there was a ” concerted action that causes harm or is likely to cause prejudice to the service to which the population is right “. It was therefore stated illegal work slowdown, and ordered the union to cease its means of pressure.

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