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B.C. ports humming again, as Ottawa looks to avoid future disruptions

August 8, 2023  By CP24

Business groups are calling on Ottawa to take action in the wake of the recently resolved British Columbia port workers dispute, arguing Ottawa must ensure such a disruption never happens again.

The union representing about 7,400 B.C. port workers announced Friday that members had voted almost 75 per cent in favour of their latest contract offer, ending five weeks of turbulence that stopped the shipping of billions of dollars’ worth of goods. This included a 13-day strike that began on Canada Day, affecting more than 30 B.C. port terminals and other related sites.

After the results of the ratification vote were announced, federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan issued a statement saying he was directing federal officials to review the entire case to avoid a port disruption of this magnitude from happening in the future.



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