Tentative agreement reached for Canada's border workers to avoid strike action-Xinhua

Tentative agreement reached for Canada's border workers to avoid strike action

Source: Xinhua

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2024-06-12 03:51:15

OTTAWA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Canadian government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) announced Tuesday they have reached a tentative agreement to avoid potential job action at the country's borders.

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat said in a news release that upon ratification, the renewed collective agreement will apply to approximately 11,000 employees.

The renewed Border Services Group collective agreement will include wage enhancements and other benefits for employees, said the release without sharing details of the agreement.

Should this tentative agreement be ratified by members, the government will have reached agreement with 18 bargaining units and covering more than 84 percent of the public service, the release said.

Full details of the tentative agreement will be announced once the ratification kit is available for members on June 13, PSAC said in a statement.

Job action was postponed on June 7 after mediation talks were extended. More than 9,000 members of the border union threatened to begin job action across the country starting June 14 if an agreement is not reached.

Job action by Canada Border Services Agency personnel in 2021 nearly brought commercial cross-border traffic to a standstill, causing major delays at airports and borders across the country and a marathon 36-hour bargaining session to reach an agreement.