Filing of Notice of Dispute
ILWU Canada has served a Notice of Dispute to the Minister of Labour under the Canada Labour Code.
The Minister of Labour has up to 15 days to appoint a Conciliation Officer with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) who will assist and support the parties to achieve a renewed collective agreement. This is the same process followed by the parties in prior rounds of collective bargaining negotiations.
We understand that stable and reliable West Coast ports are critical to our nation’s economic and social well-being. The BCMEA looks forward to meetings being scheduled in the near future with ILWU Canada and FMCS in order to achieve a renewed agreement without further disruption to Canada’s supply chain.
The BCMEA is committed to seeking fair and equitable agreements that recognizes the efforts and skills of B.C.’s waterfront workforce, while also ensuring West Coast ports remain competitive, resilient and affordable for all Canadians.