Strikes Similar to BC Port Job Action Could Become Commonplace: Expert

A labour movement researcher says more large-scale disputes like the industrial action at British Columbia’s ports may be on the horizon.

Sociology professor Barry Eidlin (IDE’-lyn) says port workers are facing “existential” questions about their jobs related to automation and maintenance jurisdiction, while also dealing with rising cost of living.

Eidlin says the issues facing port workers are also affecting others, who may increasingly consider strike action as a negotiating tactic in future labour disputes.

Local chapters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada met at several locations across the province to discuss a tentative deal with the B-C Maritime Employers Association.

(Canadian Press)

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