Tugboat workers for Seaspan ULC took to the picket line at the entrance to Esquimalt Graving Dock Thursday morning amid ongoing job action.
The Canadian Merchant Service Guild (CMSG) represents members who work on 30 of Seaspan’s tugboats in B.C. and launched a legal strike on Aug. 25, after negotiations with the company reached an impasse.
In a statement last month, Seaspan told CHEK News that talks to renew the CMSG’s collective agreements broke down even after federal mediators stepped in to help.
“We are working to resolve the issues and minimize any impacts to our customers and the broader industry,” Seaspan said, noting it is “committed to treating all employees fairly and maintaining a strong, capable workforce.”
According to the CMSG, members must immediately decline any opportunities for employment on Seaspan vessels amid the labour disruption, which impacts ship docking and tug and barge operations.
“In the event that the strike is delayed due to an improved offer from the employer, or when the strike at Seaspan has eventually terminated, this notice will be removed from the Guild website,” the union posted to its website.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.