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Trudeau considers the Ports Union’s rejection of the agreement “unacceptable”

Trudeau considers the Ports Union’s rejection of the agreement “unacceptable”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government was “appalled” by the Longshoremen’s leadership’s rejection of an agreement to end the strike at British Columbia ports.

On Thursday, the prime minister even called the union’s decision to reject the federal mediator’s initial agreement agreed at the negotiating table “unacceptable,” sending members back into strike mode.

He acknowledges that the situation has begun Extremely painful for families, workers and businesses across the country .

Uncertainty still hangs over operations at British Columbia’s ports, the West Coast’s main gateways for imports and exports, since the leadership bloc of the International Stevedores’ Union of Canada (ILWU) rejected the broker’s terms on Tuesday, briefly sending workers to a picket line.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Justin Trudeau spoke with his British Columbian counterpart, David Ibe, about the labor dispute and that they agreed on the need to ensure stability of national supply chains.

Containers are stuck in the Port of Vancouver due to the strike, which began on July 1.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Justin Bolin

I’ILWU He said in a statement Wednesday evening that he had who took over The strike notice he issued earlier in the day, but gave no reason or details for his decision.

previouslyILWU He had issued 72 hours’ notice that member workers would resume their strike at British Columbia ports on Saturday morning, after they rejected on Tuesday a four-year interim agreement that temporarily halted the strike on July 13.

I’ILWU She initially resumed her strike on Tuesday, immediately after announcing that she had met and rejected the initial agreement that negotiators reached last week.

Workers were forced to withdraw picket lines and return to work on Wednesday after the Industrial Relations Board of Canada decided that the union must give 72 hours’ notice for a strike to become legal.

The strike began on July 1 and lasted 13 days, halting or severely disrupting operations at more than 30 port terminals and other locations it was members of.ILWUincluding the Port of Vancouver, the largest in the country.