Ongoing labour disruptions at Canada’s West Coast ports
Letter to Ministers O'Regan and Alghabra
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Dear Ministers O’Regan and Alghabra,
I am writing today on behalf of Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC) to highlight our deep concern about the ongoing labour disruption at the Port of Vancouver and other West Coast ports.
As you may know, Canadian-made agricultural equipment is among the highest quality and most sought-out in the world. AMC’s 250 member companies export more than $3.7 billion annually in agricultural implements to 159 countries, including Australia, China, Chile, Germany, Brazil, and New Zealand.
As you are firmly aware, our national supply chains were deeply impacted over the past three years, affecting nearly all aspects of our economy. While our members continue to succeed in challenging times, this strike is causing further undue stress on their operations. With train traffic from the prairies halted as a direct result of the labour disruption, our members will soon struggle to maintain production levels.
On behalf of my members, I urge you and your government to take all possible steps to support the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 500 to reach a new collective agreement and conclude this strike in a timely manner.
While AMC and our members are supportive of workers’ rights to collective bargaining, decisive action from the government is needed to ensure long-term damage is not done to the Canadian economy.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you require further information on how resilient supply chains, especially at Canadian ports, is integral to the agricultural manufacturing sector.
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