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Talks continue after ILWU strike vote by BC dockers


2019-05-13


Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Canada) voted overwhelmingly (98.4%) at the end of last week to strike against the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) to replace an eight-year contract expired on March 31, 2018 but have agreed to continue negotiations throughout May.
Any such strike would hit cargo traffic at Vancouver, Prince Rupert and other BC ports accounting for over half of Canada's maritime trade. The last major strike was called in 1935. Neither side would say what issues are holding up agreement.

"We have dates scheduled to continue bargaining through to the end of May with the assistance of the federal Conciliation and Mediation Services," said Jeff Scott, BCMEA chairman.
Rino Voci, President of ILWU Local 500 previously indicated that a "yes" vote does not mean dockworkers will go on strike immediately. "It means the union can go on strike in the next 60 days with a 72-hour strike notice to the employer." (photo VFPA)

 
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