In Montreal, Canada, 2,400 firemen have ended their three-day strike after an agreement to give them a 750-dollar (GBP 320-sterling) cost-of-living bonus was reached on Sunday (3 November).
GV & SV Burning building (4 shots)
SV PAN People spray water from garden hoses (2 shots)
SCU PAN TO MV Union representGative announcing end of strike and firemen cheering
SV PAN & MV Homeless families (2 shots)
GV, SV PAN & GV PAN Firemen fight fires in the morning (4 shots)
"In Montreal, this fire burned out of control early today, while twenty-four-hundred striking firemen refused to answer alarms. Fire Department officers, civilian volunteers and a few firemen from the suburbs did what they could. They couldn't do much but let the fire burn itself out.
"Nearby, people spray their homes with garden hoses to keep the fire from spreading among the old-fashioned row houses in Montreal's East End.
"About three this morning, Union President, Jean Lebaye, announced that the strike has been settled. Each fireman will receive a 750-dollars cost-of-living bonus.
"Today, some of the people left homeless by fires receive clothing and comfort at the Church of The Secret Heart. One family has been driven out doors twice in two days.
"Today, the firemen were back on the job again. Too late for this block -- where a thirty-five-row house apartment has been destroyed. During the two nights and three days of the strike, more than twenty-five fires broke out -- causing damage estimated in millions of dollars. But no one was seriously hurt."
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Background: In Montreal, Canada, 2,400 firemen have ended their three-day strike after an agreement to give them a 750-dollar (GBP 320-sterling) cost-of-living bonus was reached on Sunday (3 November).
A spokesman for the firemen's union said the settlement came after 12 hours of non-stop bargaining. However, he did not disclose other details of the agreement.
During the strike more than 25 fires broke out causing damage amounting to millions of dollars. But no one was seriously hurt. Officials from the fir department, civilian volunteers and a few suburban firemen did what they could to put out the fires, but they could do little.