Strike deadline via railroad workers extended as Unifor continues negotiations

Via Rail has largely avoided the prospect of an immediate outage of service across Canada after the strike deadline has been extended to Monday afternoon.

Unifour issued a 72-hour strike notice to the National Railways on Friday, indicating that 2,400 employees are ready to quit their jobs if they fail to negotiate a new contract by 12:01 am on Monday. ..

At the strike, maintenance workers, onboard service personnel, chefs, distributors, and customer service staff all hit the picket line, causing Via to suspend services nationwide.

However, Unifor has issued a statement on its website and social media that the strike deadline has been extended to 4 pm EST on Monday.

In a statement released Sunday night, Unifor’s State Secretary Treasurer stated that its negotiating committee was “solid” in pursuing transactions that “respect and respect” workers.

Mr Unifor said the main issue during labor negotiations was employment security.

Early Monday morning, Via Rail issued its own statement, stating that it promised to reach a fair and rational agreement.

Martin R Landry, President and Chief Executive Officer, also said during the summer travel season here that the threat of strikes created additional stress on the company’s passengers and the communities in which they serve.

Via has also promised to allow customers to change their travel plans for departures prior to July 31, 2022, at no service charge.

Canadian press