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North America: Threat of port strikes

The threat of port strikes across North America continues to send jitters across already stressed supply chains, reports the Splash247 website, and the U-Freight Group is considering contingency plans should the threats turn into reality, with so many other disruptions to global supply chains at the moment.

Recently, Canada’s Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ruled that a planned 72-hour strike against DP World in Canada went against the country’s labour code, narrowly averting a three-day shutdown this week.

Shippers still have to contend with the prospect of Canadian rail workers going on strike, with teamsters at both CN Rail and Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited readying strike action later this month.

In the USA, whilst a deal was finally struck in June last year for a six-year labour contract at 29 US west coast ports, earlier this month, contract negotiations over a current agreement, which covers about 45,000 dockworkers at facilities including six of the 10 busiest US ports that expires September 30, broke down between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the US Maritime Alliance.

The U-Freight Group remains committed to helping clients manage any difficult situations facing global supply chains and will endeavour to keep in close contact with all clients to provide updates on specific issues.

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