Lockout on BC Waterfront Lifted

Posted May 31, 2019

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and ILWU–Canada are pleased to advise they have come to a tentative agreement that will continue to allow all BC Ports to be a competitive, efficient and reliable gateway for the benefit of all Canadians. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification.

Negotiations resumed at noon on May 29 and after another round of discussions at the bargaining table, a tentative agreement was reached the morning of May 30, 2019.

Effective immediately, the lockout across the BC waterfront has been lifted and operations have resumed.

“We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the ILWU. We appreciate the efforts of both parties to focus on reaching agreement and ensuring BC Ports remain open for business. The lockout has been lifted and we look forward to getting operations back to normal. We would like to thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) and in particular, Peter Simpson and Kathy Peters, as well as the Minister of Labour, The Honourable Patty Hajdu for their assistance in this process. We are confident that this agreement, once signed, will secure a positive long-term outlook for trade and operations at our terminals, for the Province and for the country,” said Jeff Scott, Chair of the Board of BCMEA.