The lockout across the British Columbia waterfront was lifted and operations were set to resume for the 1630 shift Thursday. The ILWU said no details of the tentative agreement will be released pending ratification of the contract by ILWU members.
“We would like to thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) and in particular, Peter Simpson and Kathy Peters, as well as the minister of Labour, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, for their assistance in this process. We are confident that this agreement, once signed, will secure a positive long-term outlook for trade and operations at our terminals, for the province and for the country,” said Scott.
The tentative agreement would replace a contract that expired in March 2018. The contract covers 6,500 ILWU dockworkers.
Rob Ashton, the president of ILWU Canada, said an issue in the contract discussions was “the insistence of the BCMEA to unilaterally introduce technological changes in port operations.”
Opposition to automation has become a major issue for longshore unions in the U.S. as well.
The ILWU is seeking to block efforts by APM Terminals to use automated equipment at Pier 400 in Los Angeles that it says would displace longshore work.