Potential BC Port Strike Will Hurt Business and Economy

The union for cargo workers at BC ports is planning to hold a strike vote that will take place June 9 and 10, with possible job action commencing on June 24.

“Businesses in BC are worried that a strike will further disrupt the supply chain and our economy,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Inflation remains consistent, there is a potential interest rate increase coming again in the next few months, and higher taxation and regulatory burdens are pushing businesses to the edge of unsustainability.”

“We urge the Federal Government to work with the union and industry to find a swift resolution to avoid a strike.”

If a strike occurs, we urge the Federal Government to:

1. Implement back-to-work legislation if a cargo workers strike occurs

2. Introduce legislation to designate port service as an essential service to prevent future disruptions that are caused by labour disputes