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Canadian Railway Workers Are Going On A Major Strike

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Author : Bozhou Marine
Update time : 2024-05-16 10:49:26
Recently, more than 9,000 Canadian railway workers have been ordered to go on strike or work stoppage as early as May 22 (next Wednesday), which will affect the country's two major railways - Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas. City Railway (CPKC).

It is reported that train conductors, engineers, workers and railway traffic controllers of the Canadian Railroad Union (TCRC) voted overwhelmingly to support the strike as negotiations have reached an impasse.

Railways are vital to Canada's economy because of its vast size and heavy reliance on rail transport for exports of grain, potash and coal. The president of TCRC said that the simultaneous shutdown of CN and CPKC will disrupt the supply chain on a scale that Canada may have never experienced.

Previously, there was a major strike at the Port of Vancouver. It is understood that about 52 ships of grain were loaded and detained on that occasion. A rail strike or lockout would have a much greater impact on Canada's supply chain than a strike at the Port of Vancouver, said an operations management professor at Western University.

Facing the threat of a possible strike by Canadian rail workers, shipping giant Maersk has issued contingency measures to mitigate the impact of potential shutdowns to ensure supply chain continuity and reduce potential congestion.

The logistics adjustment plan is as follows:

It will work closely with CN, CPKC and terminal operator DP World to speed up and optimize operations at Canada's west coast ports and reduce congestion by moving cargo from Centerm in Vancouver to the Port of Pr!nce Rupert.

Adjusting TP1 service to use Tacoma as a temporary port for U.S. import and export rail cargo for the next four sailings in anticipation of a possible strike.

Maersk said that if a strike occurred, there could be a serious backlog with knock-on effects. If the outage lasts more than a few days, the recovery period will also be extended.


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