‘It is so critical to the economy’: Industry leaders urge Trudeau to end CN Rail strike – CBC News

Some industrial facilities have already shut down because of the work stoppage

There is pressure on the federal government to intervene in the CN Rail dispute before Dec. 5, when Parliament is scheduled to resume. (Robert Short/CBC)

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to reconvene Parliament ahead of schedule and put a stop to the CN Rail strike, as industry groups tally up potential losses resulting from the work stoppage and raise concerns about the harm caused to the country’s reputation abroad.

About 3,200 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers walked off the job on Tuesday after negotiations on a new contract with the railway were unsuccessful.

The workers, who have been without a contract since July 23, say they’re concerned about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.

Talks continue between CN Rail and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, although the impact is already being felt by many industries that rely on rail service.

Leaders from a variety of sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing, are urging the federal government to bring in back-to-work legislation.

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Source: Kyle Bakx · CBC News – November 20th 4:00 AM

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