Canada dock strike enters second day as mediation resumes

A strike at Canada’s Pacific coast ports continued for a second day on Sunday as mediation efforts between the dockworkers and their employers resumed after a pause last night. 

Negotiations were halted Saturday evening and resumed this morning, Jenny Oan, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, said by email. The meeting paused after 33 hours of negotiations, the organization representing dockworker employers said in an update on its website. 

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union representing more than 7,000 dockworkers went on strike Saturday morning after federal-mediated negotiations failed. The strike threatens to disrupt millions of dollars of trade and add inflationary pressures to the Canadian economy.

Dockworkers made sacrifices during the pandemic by working under hazardous conditions, Rob Ashton, ILWU Canada president, said in a press conference Sunday, accusing the BCMEA of slowness in responding to proposals. He also warned the federal government not to interfere in the negotiations. 


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