CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

B.C. Maritime Employers Association calling for binding arbitration as strike continues

Toronto, July 7, 2023

The B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has been calling for binding arbitration to end the strike involving about 7,400 workers at more than 30 B.C. ports.  Negotiations are still paused, however, the BCMEA remains ready to re-engage at a moment’s notice, assuming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is prepared to present a reasonable proposal.  The president of the union representing striking British Columbia port workers says employers are waiting for the federal government to do their “dirty work” instead of negotiating an end to the seven-day strike.

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to recall Parliament to consider back-to-work legislation that would end the strike, however, Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan is instead urging the two sides to make use of available mediators and resume negotiations.

Until a resolution is found, billions of dollars worth of cargo remain in limbo, disrupting critical supply chains and damaging relationships with international trading partners.  This includes automotive parts, refrigerated food, fertilizer, critical minerals and other goods that are not reaching Canadians, or our trading partners abroad.

For more information, please call David Lychek, Director – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.

More Trade Alerts:

September 2023

September 14, 2023
Government agencies and businesses in mainland China will be closed for the Golden Week holiday from October 1 to 7. Normally space availability on sailings…

Switch to a Logistics
Partner Who Cares

Click the button below to find out why we’ve been Canada’s most trusted freight forwarder and customs broker for over 70 years.

Professional business people team meeting and working in corporate office concept

Register now to learn more about our

101 Logistics Quick Tips

Available exclusively from Universal Logistics