The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) -Canada are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement that will allow all BC ports to be a competitive, efficient and reliable gateway for the benefit of all Canadians. The provisional agreement is subject to the ratification reserve. Negotiations resumed at noon yesterday and an interim agreement was reached this morning following a new round of discussions at the negotiating table. “We are delighted to have reached an interim agreement with ILWU. We appreciate the efforts of both parties to focus on an agreement and ensure that BC ports remain open for business. The closure has been lifted and we look forward to getting back to normal. We thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (CSF) and in particular Peter Simpson and Kathy Peters, as well as the Minister of Labour, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, for their support in this process. We are confident that this agreement, once signed, will provide a positive long-term outlook for trade and operations at our terminals, for the province and for the country,” said Jeff Scott, Chair of BCMEA`s Board of Directors.
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