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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
Parties decide to send outstanding issues to a voluntary mediation-arbitration process
OTTAWA, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated Seaspan ULC, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 400 and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild on agreeing to a mediation-arbitration process. This agreement will ensure uninterrupted Seaspan operations at Port Metro Vancouver, contributing to Canada's international competitiveness.
The mediation-arbitration process will determine two new collective agreements for approximately 400 Seaspan employees working on board vessels owned and/or operated by Seaspan ULC. The collective agreements between Seaspan and the two unions had expired on September 30, 2013.
The agreement between the three parties followed all day meetings with Minister Leitch, who travelled to Vancouver, yesterday, to meet the three parties to encourage them to end their dispute by agreeing to a mediation-arbitration process. The parties also received assistance from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the Canada Labour Code.
"I congratulate Seaspan ULC, the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union Local 400 and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild for working
together to agree to end these labour disputes. By voluntarily agreeing
to a mediation-arbitration process, the parties are ensuring that
operations at Canada's busiest port will proceed without interruption
and continue to support the 100,000 Canadians whose jobs rely on Port
Metro Vancouver's significant contribution to our economy."
- The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
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