CFIB statement on the vote by BC port workers

Toronto, July 29, 2023 –The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is extremely disappointed the union members have decided to reject the mediated contract offer. 

After weeks of uncertainty, we’re back to square one. Businesses from coast to coast are paying the price for the union’s irresponsible actions. There’s been enough damage to Canada’s economy in the past few weeks already.

The federal government must do what’s best for the country, our entrepreneurs and the economy. BC ports must remain fully operational while negotiations continue. If the union issues another 72-hour strike notice, government will have to immediately introduce back-to-work legislation.

- Jasmin Guénette, Vice-President, National Affairs, CFIB

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