Longshore workers to renew strike action Saturday


British Columbia port employers say longshore staff have issued a 72-hour discover of renewed strike motion throughout the province beginning on Saturday morning.

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Affiliation says resuming strike motion that had halted cargo motion for 13 days firstly of the month is “pointless and reckless.”

Port of Vancouver
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Members of the Worldwide Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada had returned to picket traces on Tuesday afternoon after the union rejected a tentative mediated deal.

That prompted federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan to declare the renewed strike motion unlawful, citing a Canada Industrial Relations Board ruling that the union had not given the required 72-hour discover.

The employers say the union’s discover now means the strike will formally resume round 9 a.m. Saturday. 

They are saying the union was offered with a “truthful and balanced deal” and that renewal of the strike means the union is “doubling down on holding the Canadian financial system hostage.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed July 19, 2023.


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