Tug boaters hold off on strike action

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Tugboat workers in BC have agreed to stave off a strike at BC ports, at least for now.
President of the International Long shore and Warehouse Union Local 400 Terry Engler says they agreed to a cooling off period with Seaspan.
The parties will meet again with the federal minister of labour before June 30th.
Engler says major disruptions at ports would be inevitable in the event of a strike.

“It would have atleast as much impact as the truckers dispute if not more, everything would slow down, ships would be delayed significantly, container ships, Seaspan is about 70% of the industry, so if you remove 70% of the tugboats, you’re going to have significant problems.”

Engler says Seaspan agreed to hold off on imposing a collective agreement.
The union had voted unanimously in favour of serving strike notice on Tuesday.

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