Eli Ridder | Report
A looming potential strike by Canadian Pacifica Railway workers that could start late on Tuesday would affect commuters travelling between major Canadian cities, including southern Ontario’s GO Transit.
The unions representing both train operators and signal workers, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, gave notice to the railway company that they plan to strike starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Although CP, based in Alberta’s Calgary, said it would keep meeting with the unions, worker negotiators accuse the company of “refusing to negotiate seriously” even after Employment Minister Patty Had met with both sides over the weekend.
The Metrolinx-based GO, an intercity transit service running trains and busses between cities in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, said in a statement on Monday that trains would run but that there could be delays on CP-owned tracks.
Metrolinx said, while it owns a majority of the rail it runs on, CP “maintains the Milton rail corridor, as well as an intersecting portion of the Barrie corridor and the spur serving the Hamilton GO Centre”, where disruptions could occur.
In what would be its third strike since 2012, the Teamsters bargaining team turned down a two per cent annual wage increase and $1,000 to each union member to drop filed grievances, saying the fatigue of its members were not addressed.
More details to follow. Image of a CP railway from the Globe and Mail.