Day six of B.C. port strike as management calls for binding arbitration

The Canadian Press in Nanaimo News Now
July 6, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The organization that represents employers at roughly 30 strikebound ports in BC says binding arbitration could end the six-day-old dispute. More than 7,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union walked off the job on Canada Day. Talks stalled and business groups are increasingly demanding federal legislation to end the disruption, while CP Rail, now known as CPCK, says it has issued temporary embargoes on rail traffic to the Port of Vancouver. The latest statement from the employers association says binding arbitration could bring the dispute to a swift close, something it first proposed in mid-June. Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan has so far resisted calls to legislate the strikers back to work. A key sticking point for the union is the classification of maintenance work and the use of outside contractors.

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