Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Urges Crane Operators Back to Work as 'Illegal' Strike Continues

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Urges Crane Operators Back to Work as 'Illegal' Strike Continues

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Quebec crane strike continues for second day

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MONTREAL - Premier Philippe Couillard warned Quebec's crane operators Tuesday there will be consequences for what he called an illegal strike, as construction sites were paralyzed across the province for a second consecutive day.

The premier said workers who refuse to return to their jobs could face penalties from the province's construction commission.

"In a society of laws there are consequences for holding an illegal strike -- consequences for individuals, consequences for organizations," Couillard said in Quebec City. "It's Quebec's construction commission that oversees that, they have the power to act and I believe they will act."

Crane workers are protesting changes to training requirements that will permit people without a vocational diploma to obtain an operator's certificate. …

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