Canadian Pacific Railway Operations have been halted and workers shut down Labor dispute In the early hours of Sunday, each side blamed each other for disrupting exports of essential commodities at a time of rising prices.
“We’re very disappointed in these events,” said Dave Fulton, spokesman for the Teamsters Rail Canada conference. The union said in a statement that it had launched a national strike over a dispute over 3,000 engineers, drivers and yard workers.
Canada’s second-largest train operator has accused the union of misrepresenting the company’s position, saying “the teamsters were well aware of the damage this irresponsible action could do to the Canadian supply chain.”
Labor Secretary Seamus O’Reilly Jr. said the CP and Teamsters were still at the negotiating table with federal mediators.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and hope that both sides will continue to work until an agreement is reached,” he said. Comb Shortly after midnight.
Canada, the second largest country by area after Russia, relies heavily on railways Freight And manufactured products for the port. The CP network extends over most of southern Canada and south of Kansas City, USA.
The closure is the latest blow to a broken supply chain in Canada, which was devastated by floods in British Columbia last year, which washed away the route and cut off access to Canada’s largest port. The CB said the malfunction would disrupt the movement of grains, potash and coal.
The CB announced on Wednesday to the union that it would close employees on Sunday until progress was made in negotiations on a deal that would include pensions, wages and benefits.
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He said the union’s demand to raise the pension ceiling was the main issue in the talks. At an investor conference in New York on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Nadim Filani said the railways were not ready to accept the request.
Canada’s Nutrian said this week that mines in Saskatchewan would have to reduce potash production if the closure lasted more than a few days.
The eight-day strike by CNR.TO, the Canadian National Railway, in 2019 was the last major setback for railway workers in the country. But there have been 12 walkouts in the last 12 years due to bad weather, lockouts or labor issues. Western Canada Agency. Wheat Producers Association.
(Ann Maria Shibu in Bangalore and Rod Nickel Report in Chicago; Editing by William Mallard and Kuralkumar Anandaraman)
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