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Port workers plan to strike at Metro Vancouver container terminals

Last Updated May 23, 2019 at 11:21 pm PDT

GCT Deltaport, Delta, British Columbia. (Source: GCT Delaport)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Workers at two Port of Vancouver container terminals have declared they will walk off the job on Monday.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union says strike action will be taken at Global Container Terminals, the company that operates Deltaport and Vanterm on Burrard Inlet.

Locals 500 and 502 are involved in the job action. ILWU Local 502 represents 3,000 workers.

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The impact of goods not getting out of the ports and not coming in would be massive, says Jeff Scott with the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, who received notice of the strike around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

“They figured that it would be about $540 million daily impact to cargo, and about 34,000 direct jobs,” he says, adding that figure is for the entire Port of Vancouver.

Deltaport is currently Canada’s largest container terminal.

“We do remain at the bargaining table, we remain committed to seeing if we can find a resolution without a work disruption, and that remains our primary focus.”

Scott says there are no contingency plans in place and the focus is to get the parties back to the bargaining table.