Shippers' group calls for a swift end to rail strike

    OTTAWA, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - With the return of Parliament today, the
Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA), is urging the
government to act rapidly to pass the back-to-work legislation, Bill C-46,
tabled in Parliament in February.
    CITA has been in communication with the Minister of Labour since this
work stoppage began, first in February, and then renewed in April when the
train service employees represented by the United Transportation Union (UTU)
rejected the draft settlement negotiated between the company and union
    "This strike adds to the logistical problems faced by a broad spectrum of
Canadian industry in serving domestic and export markets" said Bob Ballantyne,
President of CITA. "Shippers serving highly competitive export markets and
retailers needing to stock their shelves with seasonal imported merchandise
will all be affected".
    When a labour impasse in an essential service like rail freight is
reached, it is necessary for the government to take swift and decisive action
to minimize the damage to Canadian industry, Canadian workers and farmers, and
the broader Canadian economy. CITA urges early passage and implementation of
Bill C-46.

    The Canadian Industrial Transportation Agency has been in existence since
1916 representing the transportation interests of Canadian industry. Our 110+
members include companies, both large and small, from most industrial sectors
and from all across the country. The CITA member companies contribute
approximately $100 billion annually to the Canadian economy and purchase
approximately $4 billion in freight services by truck, rail, marine and

For further information:

For further information: Bob Ballantyne, (613) 599-8993

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