Business groups advocating for rail to be declared an essential service in the wake of last week’s temporary work stoppage at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. say a “permanent solution” is needed to ease this country’s supply chain woes.
Fertilizer Canada president and chief executive Karen Proud said that, since 2019, her industry has dealt with strikes at Canadian National Railway Co. and the Port of Montreal, in addition to the most recent labour dispute at CP.
“We every few years seem to get stuck in the same situation. Sometimes a couple of times a year,” she said. “In the long term, we’re really hoping that the government will look at this.”
The Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s grain shippers, said in a recent statement that railways are the “economy’s lifeblood” and must be treated as so.
“We cannot afford to face another massive disruption to our economy where everyday Canadians will pay the price,” the group said in a statement.
Read more in an article from Inside Logistics.