The first agreement negotiations between Global Container Terminals (GCT) Canada, which operates two container terminals at the Port of Vancouver, and ILWU 502 representing planners and planning assistants, have ended with significant gaps remaining between the parties. As such, ILWU 502 issued a strike notice on September 3, 2018.
GCT said it was committed to working with ILWU Local 502 to negotiate the first collective agreement for its planners in order to continue an effective working relationship and ongoing operational stability.
GCT has advised as follows:
If the planners and assistant planners commence a strike, as they have notified GCT and the Federal Minister of Labour that they will, on September 7th at 0001, GCT will have no option but to suspend all of its terminal operations in GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm due to the essential nature of this function. This would have a direct impact on all parties who rely on our terminal services to get their products to different international markets.
As a result, GCT has commenced the necessary planning and will work closely with our customers, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and stakeholders for safe and efficient shut down of our Vancouver terminal operations.
It is unclear if operations at DP World Centerm or Fraser Surrey Dock would be effected by the abovementioned potential strike.
Delmar will continue to monitor the situation, gather information, and provide further updates as events develop.