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Canada’s customs officers reach tentative agreement, end work-to-rule campaign

Canada’s border services officers reached a tentative agreement with the federal government on Friday, after spending the day working to rule as an alternative to strike action. (Classified as essential workers, most border officers are prevented from striking.) Union and government representatives achieved the deal after 36 unbroken hours of mediated talks.

“Finally – after three years of negotiations – we’ve resolved long-standing issues that will go a long way towards making CBSA [Canada Border Services Agency] a better, safer place to work for our members,” said Mark Weber, president of the Customs and Immigration Union.

The agreement, if ratified by union members, will provide employees with wage increases retroactive to June 2018. It will also see the creation of a national joint committee to “tackle workplace culture problems at CBSA.”

The union bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the new agreement, saying in a statement that “there are no concessions in the new tentative agreement.”

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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