Teamsters Canada has entered into a preliminary agreement with Canadian National Railway Co. to renew the collective agreement of more than 3,000 company workers, train conveyors and shipyard workers. The union statement thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for respecting workers` right to strike and said Garneau and Tassi were « instrumental in helping the parties find common ground. » « Previous governments have consistently violated workers` right to strike when it comes to the rail industry, » Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte said in the statement. « This government remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement, and it worked. » « Despite our best efforts to deal with the disruption, the strike caused a significant delay in our supply chain and resulted in a loss of export capacity that cannot be restored immediately, » a Nutrien spokesperson told BNN Bloomberg on Tuesday by email. Approximately 3,200 Canadian Railway (CN) workers will return to their posts as of Tuesday afternoon, after the railways and the Canadian Railway Conference (TCRC) agreed on a new contract to end the week-long strike. During the strike, the union stated that compensation was not a sensitive issue in the discussions, but that it had stopped working because of issues such as « safety, fatigue, breaks and life support for benefits. » The federal government had been put under pressure by a number of industries and provincial governments involved to end the strike. Canadian National Railway Co. and Teamsters Canada reached a preliminary agreement on Tuesday to renew a collective agreement for more than 3,000 workers, ending a strike that halted deliveries, triggered layoffs and disrupted industries across the country. The agreement will send thousands of workers back to their workplaces after an eight-day strike that begins on Tuesday, before union members vote to ratify the agreement. The operation is expected to resume on Wednesday.
MONTREAL — The end of a nationwide rail strike that has hit the country for eight days is within sight, but concerns about the economic consequences remain. Normal operation of the Canadian National Railway will resume and shipyard workers who went on strike on November 19 will resume work from 14 .m on Tuesday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The strike likely cost the Canadian economy about $1 billion, but part of the loss will be made because excess deliveries will carry some of the accumulated mass in the coming weeks, senior TD economist Brian DePratto told The Canadian Press. Neither party disclosed the terms of the agreement in their statements. « This government stayed calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it worked, » said Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte. I congratulate both @TeamstersCanada and @CNRailway to stay at the table and reach an agreement for all Canadians t.co/UIQ6YwmQzL « We have seen the effects of a week-long railway strike and it simply cannot happen again, » he said. READ MORE: CN`s rail strike has put Quebec and Ontario on the announcement of gas and propane gas The federal government has been under increasing pressure to resolve the strike – either through quick mediation, mandatory conciliation, or back-to-work legislation — when premiers and industry have expressed concerns about the shortfall and critical shortage of propane in Quebec.