5 July 2023
Freight News

War of words heats up in port strike on Canada’s west coast

As the strike by dockworkers at the Canadian west coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert enters a fourth day, the language between the negotiators has become increasingly acrimonious.

As well as disagreement on pay, the main sticking point in the Canadian negotiations revolves around maintenance work on terminals, which appears to be a red line for the BCMEA negotiators.

Meanwhile, with ocean carriers holding off ships or changing rotations, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has called on the government to intervene in the dispute.

Robin Guy, said: “The government should immediately recall  Parliament to pass back-to-work legislation to protect the livelihoods of Canadian workers and the health of Canadian businesses affected by disruption to more than C$800m (US$605m) worth of cargo flowing through west coast ports every single day.”

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