Que. construction strike creates obstacles for home buyers
No talks planned as strike enters day 3
As the province-wide construction strike enters its third day, Quebecers are dealing with the consequences of projects large and small being left at a standstill.
Kirkland resident Elena Trigiana was looking forward to moving into her new condo on July 1st, but the construction strike means she will have to wait.
"Everything's being delayed. They said a week, but we all know that the strike may actually last much longer than that," she said.
Trigiana's unit is ready except for a few final touches, but she says the building's shared areas, including stairs leading up to some of the floors, have been left incomplete.
"It's a very very frustrating feeling. I can't walk up to strikers or anyone protesting and give them a piece of my mind," she said.
"I certainly would like to accelerate the negotiating process."
While Trigiana is living with family temporarily, she says some of her fellow condo-owners might be left homeless.
"Some people actually won't have a home," she said.
Trigiana says she thinks the strike is not the right move for construction unions.
"It's an unnecessary pressure tactic. It's hurting a lot more people than it's meant to hurt."
More than 175,000 construction workers are off the job as a result of the strike, and no plans for new negotiations have been scheduled.
The unions have said their main concern was employers attempting to reduce the amount of pay workers receive for overtime hours. Meanwhile, representatives for employers have criticized the unions for negotiating through the media and using pressure tactics.