BC Ports Could Be Locked Out Thursday Morning

The Canadian Press

Port workers from Prince Rupert to Vancouver and Vancouver Island could be locked out by their employers this Thursday at 8am.

The BC Maritime Employers Association issued lockout notice yesterday, after walking away from negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

The Union has been working-to-rule, which includes a ban on overtime, at operations in the Vancouver area, as negotiations for a new collective agreement have bogged down.


The previous eight-year deal between the two sides expired in March of last year.

Employers Association Chair Jeff Scott says the union's actions have compromised the effective and safe operations of the ports.

However, union president Rob Ashton called the lockout notice "reckless and irresponsible.''
The union says automation is a sticking point, but the Employers Association says it's been going on for 10 years and more workers have been hired since then.

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