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Ottawa, Ontario, May 23, 2012—The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing traffic controllers and running trades employees, has begun strike action as the parties have failed to reach new collective agreements.
“I am disappointed that the parties have not been able to reach agreements despite federal assistance and that strike action has begun,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister. “The Government is concerned about the national economic significance this will have and we are prepared to act in the interest of the national economy.”
The TCRC represents approximately 220 rail traffic controllers and 4 200 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainpersons and yardmen whose collective agreement expired on December 31, 2011. Conciliation officers from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service remain available to assist the parties in their negotiations.
“The best solution is always the one that the parties reach themselves,” said Minister Raitt. “I urge the parties to resume negotiations and work diligently to reach negotiated agreements or agree to submit to a binding process to settle their disputes.”
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established to provide dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.
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