Canadian Pacific railway facing rail strike from Tues midnight

22 May 2012 14:36  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Canadian Pacific (CP) is facing strike action by its 4,800 engineers, conductors and rail traffic controllers that could begin on Tuesday midnight, the rail carrier said.

CP workers voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over work rules and pension plans.

In the event of a work stoppage, CP will proceed to shut down of its train operations, including freight rail traffic, in Canada, it said.

CP added that it is willing to enter into binding arbitration or to further extend negotiations with union Teamsters Canada to avoid disruptions to its rail services.

Canada’s chemical industry transports two-thirds of its annual shipments on the country’s railway system, according to producers trade group Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

CP and its competitor, Canadian National, are Canada’s largest rail carriers.

Industry observers noted that Canada’s federal government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been quick to end recent strikes – including strike actions at Air Canada – through back-to-work legislation.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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