OTTAWA, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today congratulated
Seaspan ULC and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild on working together
and agreeing to a mediation-arbitration process. The end result will be
a new collective agreement that allows the employer and employees to
pursue their work at Port Metro Vancouver and contribute to Canada's
A new collective agreement will cover 220 masters, mates, chief
engineers and marine engineers on board vessels owned and/or operated
by, or bareboat chartered to, Seaspan ULC. The collective agreement had
expired on September 30, 2013.
Minister Leitch flew to Vancouver last Monday to meet the parties,
encourage their cooperation and help them reach a negotiated agreement
or agree to mediation-arbitration. The parties also received assistance
from the federal Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation
Service, which provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention
assistance to trade unions and employers under the Canada Labour Code.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and busiest port, accounting
for 54 percent of Canada's international container traffic.
The Port trades $172 billion in goods with 160 countries per year.
Close to 100,000 Canadians earning $6 billion in wages depend on the
activities linked to the Port.
The Port contributes nearly $10 billion to Canada's GDP and more than
$20 billion in economic output.
"I am pleased that Seaspan and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild
worked together to agree upon a mediation-arbitration process. This
cooperation allows the employer and employees to continue their
important work at the Port, uninterrupted, and further contribute to
Canada's international competitiveness."
- The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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