Montreal firefighters to clean up trucks for Jean Doré's funeral
Firefighters will peel stickers off trucks, wear dress uniforms as tribute to former mayor
Montreal's firefighters union will temporarily halt pressure tactics in its dispute with the city and the province over pension reforms as a tribute to former mayor Jean Doré, who died earlier this week.
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In a statement released Friday, the union says firefighters will peel off the stickers that have been plastered on their trucks for months before Monday.
Firefighters in dress uniform will form honour guards at City Hall for people attending the public visitation this weekend to pay tribute to Doré, as well as at his funeral Monday.
The statement says the pressure tactics will resume Tuesday.
Tribute to Doré
Doré was well-respected within the city's fire service.
"His ability to listen, his engagement and the confidence that the ex-mayor Doré invested in firefighters more than justifies that we pay him this homage," said Ronald Martin, president of the firefighters union, in the statement.
Martin said that during his time as mayor, Doré invested in firefighters' equipment, modernized the department's communications system, and had an excellent working relationship with firefighters.
Since last year, Montreal firefighters have plastered trucks with stickers, painted some trucks black, hung banners at fire halls and participated in sometimes raucous demonstrations to protest against what they believe are unfair changes to pension rules introduced by the Liberal government.