Port activities resume after labour dispute

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Yesterday at 10:20 am, the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement after intervention by the Minister of Labour and the mediator on Wednesday, July 12th.  The deal included a four-year deal with no other further details with respect to increases, jurisdiction and retirement allowances released.  The union leaders are expected to share information on the timelines for its members to review the terms and vote on the agreement that is expected to be retroactive from April 1, 2023.  The announcement of the deal saw the pickets removed almost immediately after and vessel operations resumed at 4:30 pm yesterday.  The port authorities are managing the resumption of services, particularly at the container and auto terminals as recovery is expected to take several weeks with the backlog of vessels held offshore.

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