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Strike planned by Unifor union as St. Lawrence Seaway workers in Canada prepare to protest.

Strike by St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Disrupts Cargo Movement

Workers at St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp have decided to go on strike on Sunday after failing to reach an agreement on wages, according to the Canadian labor union, Unifor.

Unifor represents 361 workers at the government-established company and stated that no agreement has been reached with management after a late Saturday deadline passed.

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“This impasse is extremely unfortunate, but our members remain committed to getting a fair agreement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne in a statement.

Efficient Shutdown Ensured Safety Before Strike

An orderly shutdown of the system took place during a 72-hour notice period, allowing vessels to safely clear the Seaway system. St. Lawrence Seaway Management assured the marine industry that it remains in regular contact with them, according to an emailed response to Reuters on Sunday.

“There are no vessels waiting to exit the system, but there are over 100 vessels outside the system, which are impacted by the situation,” added the statement.

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Strike Notice Issued for Higher Wages

Unifor gave a 72-hour strike notice to St. Lawrence on Wednesday, demanding higher wages.

Disruption to Cargo Movement

The strike would affect the St. Lawrence Seaway, disrupting cargo movement between the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, ultimately impacting Canadian provinces.

While the strike certainly presents challenges, it also provides an opportunity to reflect on the vital role played by workers in ensuring smooth operations and the movement of goods.

As negotiations continue, it remains essential to find a resolution that recognizes the dedication and hard work of these workers, while also meeting the needs of the company.

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