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Port delays expected in Canada as border employees begin strike action on Friday

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) served strike notice to the Canadian federal government on Tuesday after voting last week for strike action. They announced yesterday that work-to-rule strike activity will start on Friday at 6:00 am EDT at all Canadian airports, land borders and commercial shipping ports. They warned that commercial traffic entering Canada should expect long lineups and lengthy delays.

Unionized employees with PSAC and the CIU have been working without a contract for more than three years. They are seeking better protections against a ‘toxic workplace culture’ at CBSA and greater parity with other law-enforcement agencies across Canada.

Le Journal de Montréal reported on Wednesday that the Treasury Board engaged a new negotiator for discussions between the two parties and that it has made a formal request to the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board to find a mediator.

The Port of Vancouver has already been hit with delays caused by Covid and wildfires in the province, while Port of Montreal is contending with a low water level in the St. Lawrence River.

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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