Waterfront labour deal ratified on Canada's West Coast
Canada's West Coast ports appear poised for waterfront labour peace for five years following the ratification of a new collective agreement between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada. Paving the way was a compromise on addressing the automation issue.
"Through a collaborative effort, and with both sides having worked hard to reach a tentative collective agreement on May 30, we have now ratified that agreement, and we are looking forward to next steps in our working relationship, and to continue to bring stability to the West Coast of Canada for the next five years," said BCMEA Chairman Jeff Scott.
The several thousand members of ILWU Canada last week accepted the terms of the settlement by a majority of 77%.
Negotiations had broken down in late May, leading to a brief lockout by employers at the Port of Vancouver.
Vancouver, Prince Rupert and other ports on the Pacific Coast account for more than half of Canada's total commercial marine traffic. (photo VFPA)