Montreal

Old Port strike shuts Science Centre, Clock Tower Beach

Unionized employees at Montreal's Old Port are planning to go on strike this morning, meaning some attractions in the tourist hot spot will be closed for business.

Most shops and activities will remain open despite labour dispute

The Clock Tower Beach and the marina will be closed because of the strike at Montreal's Old Port. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Unionized employees at Montreal's Old Port are planning to go on strike this morning, meaning some attractions in the tourist hot spot will be closed for business. 

The Port d'Escale Marina, Clock Tower Beach and the Science Centre will be shut indefinitely because of the dispute.

The beach was scheduled to open for the season on Saturday. 

Most of the shops and activities, however, will remain open despite the strike, said Jimmy Laforge, a spokesman for the Old Port.

Some 200 members of the  Syndicat des employés du Vieux-Port de Montréal, the union that represents workers in the Old Port, will walk off the job starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Salaries are a key sticking point in negotiations.

The union wants to boost entry-level wages from the current $10.67 an hour to $15 an hour, while the Old Port says it has made a fair offer of a 9.5 per cent salary increase over four years. 

A strike banner hangs from the Science Centre at Montreal's Old Port on Friday. (Steve Rukavina/CBC)

The average salary for a unionized worker is just over $17 an hour, the Old Port says.

Their union gave strike notice earlier this week.

now