Canadian Senate passes bill to end rail strike
June 1, 2012
by Meat&Poultry Staff
OTTAWA, Ontario – Canada Senate passed the Restoring Rail Service Act. This move will end labor disputes between the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and end the strike that has been ongoing since May 23.
“With no prospect of resolution in sight, the government acted to ensure continued rail services for businesses, families and the economy,” said Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labor Minister. “The work stoppage at the Canadian Pacific Railway is affecting industries that contribute $540 million weekly to the Canadian economy through their use of the railway. The strike will also put the jobs of thousands of Canadians at risk if it is prolonged."
The bill passed the House of Commons on May 30, and could be effective after receiving Royal Assent. The legislation will resume rail services at the Canadian Pacific Railway and send all unresolved issues to an interest-based binding arbitration process.