Strikers close Burlington Canal Lift Bridge delaying ship access to Hamilton Harbour
Published April 27, 2023 at 1:45 pm
Strike action at the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is delaying ships in and out of the Hamilton Harbour.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) strike, one of Canada’s largest labour disruptions, is now on its ninth day. Workers walked off the job after contract negotiations with the government failed to reach an agreement on issues such as wage increases and remote work.
And strike action is reportedly ramping up. A tweet from a Global News reporter claimed organizers are “escalating” actions including blocking access to passport offices, closing waterways and reducing access at borders.
The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is one of the waterway access points named and a PSAC spokesperson confirmed strikers were blocking access today (April 27) and yesterday.
“This morning our striking members picketed the Canal, as they did yesterday as well. Shutting it down and delaying ships,” Lino Vieira, a PSAC Ontario Political communications officer said in an email to intheHammer.
Catching the sunrise with @psac_afpc members on strike that have taken the Burlington canal lift bridge in #HamOnt disrupting traffic in and out of the port. #WorkersCantWait for fair wages now, from coast to coast! pic.twitter.com/uRzgONRlOL
— CUPE Local 3906 (@cupe_3906) April 26, 2023
The vertical lift bridge is on the north side of the Burlington Skyway. It allows vessels to enter and exit from Hamilton Harbour into Lake Ontario.
It appears there is no end in sight for the strike.
The Liberal government is showing no hints it will end the strike by legislating 155,000 federal civil servants back to work.
The NDP say they will not support back-to-work legislation, while the Conservatives have not weighed in on the matter.
The @psac_afpc #HamOnt early morning crew is small but mighty today for continued job action at the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge! Solidarity with our fellow 155,000 members on strike for a fair contract ✊🏻💛#psac #psacstrike #PSACStrike2023 #canlab pic.twitter.com/qJ3QxRjkDn
— Deanna Allain (@deannaallain) April 27, 2023
The government is warning the strike is causing backlogs for immigration and passport applications, as well as massive Canada Revenue Agency slowdowns at the height of tax season.
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