Agreement ends ‘tough old fight’ on Canada’s west coast

Date: Monday, July 31st, 2023
Source: Splash247

The simmering pay dispute between dockworkers in British Columbia and employers has reached another tentative negotiated agreement late on Sunday.

The breakdown in negotiations over a new contract saw the province’s ports including Vancouver and Prince Rupert go on strike for a couple of weeks this month, with government drawn to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada and BC Maritime Employers Association issued a joint statement late Sunday saying a deal has been reached with help from the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which had been tasked with ending the dispute that had dragged on since the beginning of the month.

Previous tentative agreements had been voted down by union members.

“It was a tough old fight. The hardest fight I have seen on this coast in my 40 years around the BC waterfront,” a source involved in the negotiations told Splash.


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