Canadian West Coast Ports on Strike for Fifth Day

A labor strike in Canada entered its fifth day on Wednesday with 7,500 dock workers on strike after they failed to reach an agreement with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).

More than 30 British Columbia ports are affected. The strike has upended operations of two of Canada’s busiest ports, The Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert.

Dock workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) went on strike Saturday after they failed to reach an agreement with BCMEA.

The workers are seeking wage increases and signing bonuses as an inflation adjustment allowance, according to the Globe and Mail newspaper, citing unnamed sources.

Talks between union officials and the employer have stalled and both sides broke off negotiations. The employer is calling the union’s demand outside any reasonable deal for settlement.

The Canadian government is urging both parties to resume talks as the walkout is disrupting C$500 million ($376.7 million) in trade per day.

The ripple effects of the strike hit the auto industry hard not just because of auto parts coming from Asia, but also finished vehicles. Roughly 330,000 finished vehicles came through the Vancouver port last year, according to Brian Kingston, President and CEO of Canadian Vehicle Manufacturer’s Association.

Worldwide Logistics Group encourages customers to develop contingency plans and the company will report back any changes in the strike as it develops.

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