Aug 05, 2023
By Kathy Hyde
Business across the country are breathing a sigh of relief, after B-C port workers ratified a new contract.
The president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union confirmed close to 75 per cent of workers voted in favour of accepting the latest contract offer.
The ratification vote ends weeks of turbulent job action that led to the stoppage of billions of dollars in goods at more than 30 B-C port terminals.
There had been calls for a legislated end to the dispute that started on July 1st, with some saying the federal government needs to expand its options for addressing labour disruptions that impact the national economy and supply chains.
Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan says he is directing federal officials to review the entire case to avoid a disruption of this magnitude from happening again.