Labour Minister asks CIRB to review safety aspect of potential railway strike

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The Minister of Labour has referred a question to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to determine if any rail activity must continue during a strike or lockout to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Concerns with the supply of chlorine, fuel and other essential commodities to communities have been raised.  This referral means a legal strike or lockout cannot occur until the CIRB renders its decision. Teamsters Canada said rail workers would comply with any order from the labour board, “should any safety-critical needs be identified.” The parties are currently in a mandatory 21-day cooling off period, which would otherwise expire at 23:59 ET on May 21. CPKC and the TCRC leadership are scheduled to meet again next week to continue negotiations with the assistance of federal mediators.

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