|Right to Strike CN is safe - for now...|
|March 18, 2005
The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ruled Friday afternoon (March 11th) that no “essential services” need to be
maintained in the event of a CN strike or lockout.
CN and each of its unions had reached agreement to this effect in 2003. But in December, Minister of Labour Joe Fontana asked
the Board to review these agreements to see whether they were adequate.
In its ruling, the Board found no evidence that any shutdown would endanger health or safety of the public. It also questioned CN’
s change of mind since 2003: “The CN has been operating for many years and has experienced strikes in the past.” “The Board
finds it difficult to understand how, at the time the agreements were signed, it could not have been anticipated that all three
unions might be on strike at the same time or that a possible work stoppage might
occur during the winter months.”
However, the Board went on to say that if ever a strike or lockout does occur, any party is free to ask the Board to revisit the
Click Here to read the full CIRB decision (PDF)
Source: CAW Railfax