All work on the 1976 Olympic Games site in Montreal halted on Monday (20 October) as workers registered their protest against a blacklist barring potentially troublesome workers from the site.
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Background: All work on the 1976 Olympic Games site in Montreal halted on Monday (20 October) as workers registered their protest against a blacklist barring potentially troublesome workers from the site.
A spokesman for the Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL), said the men would stay away from work until the contractors for the project scrapped the list.
The list was drawn up after a series of disputes last May that threatened to delay to the scheduled opening day of the Games. Only a little over two weeks ago, members of the International Olympic Committee were taken on a guided tour of the site to allay their fears that work would not be completed on time.
About 300 men are on the blacklist. Montreal Police describe them as "undesirable." Police say names on the list include those of former criminals, unproductive workers and QFL organisers.
A QFL spokesman claims tension on the site has been rising recently with 2,500 workers employed there complaining of strict surveillance by security guards, arrogance on the part of foremen and forced overtime.
At this stage there's no indication of when an acceptable solution will be worked out.
Contractors on the project say the delay so far is not serious and can be made up with a few extra work shifts.