Alberta premier pleased to see end of B.C. port strike
July 18, 2023 By CFI Staff
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada and the B.C. Maritime Employers Association agreed to a tentative four-year deal on July 13, ending a 13-day shutdown of more than 30 ports in B.C.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith issued the following statement after hearing that both sides have reached a deal to bring an end to the B.C. port strike:
“I am pleased to see a settlement reached.
“West Coast ports play an important role in Alberta’s economy, exporting about $50 million of Alberta’s key commodities every day. The port authority estimates that $785 million in cargo has been disrupted each day this strike has carried on.
“Alberta has been advocating since Day 1 for the federal government to step up and ensure a timely resolution to this strike. This agreement is in the best interest of both workers and employers, and it will allow us to return to normal operations and get our product to market.
“This will mean stability for producers, exporters and job creators who can continue growing their businesses and growing our economy. I want to recognize the efforts of the federal government and thank them for advancing their authority under the Canada Labour Code.”
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