Two thousand waterfront workers at two key container terminals operated by the Port of Vancouver are poised to walk off the job at 7 A.M. on Monday, May 27.
The news comes after a vote held earlier this month by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which overwhelmingly resulted in favour of taking a job action.
The strike action is happening at Global Container Terminals, which currently services 50% of all containers transiting through Canada, according to its website.
It operates on-dock rail yards at GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport. Considered Canada’s “flagship container terminal,” Deltaport is heralded as the Gateway of the Pacific when it comes to berthing container vessels and shipping goods across the region.
Mike Leonard, president and CEO of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, says the BCMEA plans to bargain in good faith in hopes of avoiding the strike action, and warns that workers walking off the job would have a crippling effect to the ports, and the entire economy.
“We are deeply concerned about the disruptive impact that a potential strike will have, not only on the jobs and economic security of individual citizens, but also to the broader Canadian economy.”
Delmar will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information is made available.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar Representative.
Source . DH Vancouver