June 1, 2023

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Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery strike: Families demand employer apply for injunction

TVA Nouvelles has learned that families of the dead are now demanding that the employer seek help after 200 bodies piled up in the resting place at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery in Montreal due to a strike by maintenance and office workers. Union workers should be forced back to work.

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The families believe the injunction is the best way to end the conflict and to ease the grief of relatives of those who have died, in some cases, months, and people still waiting to be buried.

Recall that the strike was called on January 12, which halted any move to bury the dead with “dignity and dignity,” the bereaved families say.

According to Paul Kagazi, spokesman for the Association for the Protection of the Rights of the Dead and Families of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, the cemetery must act quickly because it will be prohibited from mass storage of remains after May 15. .

“Under the Funerals Act, a daily fine of $1,500 to $4,500 is imposed for each remains not cremated or buried in a cemetery. »

They estimate that fines could total between $450,000 and $1.3 million per day.

Mr. Kagazi is calling on bereaved families to submit complaints to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Department of Investigation and Intelligence.

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