Dispute at Ports of British Colombia Aim to Cause Only Minimal Disruption

May 27: Contract talks have broken down between the longshoremen’s union and the BC Maritime Employers Association, but there won’t be a full-scale strike at Port facilities on Monday morning as originally discussed.

Instead, the union says limited and targeted job action begins at 7 a.m. Monday at GCT Vanterm in Vancouver and GCT Deltaport in Delta.

Contract talks broke down at 4 a.m. Monday, and International Longshore and Warehouse Union President Rob Ashton says no new talks are planned.

The limited job action includes an overtime ban, but the union is not putting up picket lines.

Ashton says the goal is to keep the ports open with minimal disruption to trade, while they continue to pursue a new contract.

Source: Global News / Gord Macdonald

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