ILWU authorizes strike in British Columbia

Negotiations are continuing between employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) with the help of Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as they attempted to head off a strike.

The ILWU has reported that 98.4% of its members in British Columbia voted in favour of a strike, if necessary, against member companies of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).

Jeff Scott, chairman of the BCMEA’s board of directors, told Business in Vancouver that dates for further negotiations were being scheduled through May. The previous contract expired in March 2018. The ILWU represents about 6,000 dockworkers throughout British Columbia, including the major container ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert