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Border agents continue talks in hopes of averting a strike

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

A strike action for more than 9,000 people Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers have been put on hold as mediator-assisted negotiations with the government are ongoing.

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the union representing the workers, originally set a strike deadline of Friday (June 7) at 4:00 PM EST, but it was extended until Wednesday (June 12).

“We have halted all strike action as talks continue to reach a fair contract for workers,” he said Sharon DeSousa, the national president of PSAC. “Our members keep our borders moving, the flow of goods and our families safe, and they deserve a contract that delivers fair wages, fair pensions and makes CBSA a better place to work.”

CBSA workers voted 96 percent in favor of strike action if an agreement is not reached.

They have been in the mediation process since June 3.

Although about 90 percent of union-represented workers are considered essential and cannot leave their jobs, they can participate in job actions outside of work hours.

They might also adopt what is called “work to rule,” where employees follow all the rules and regulations of their jobs to the letter, which can be quite disruptive.

For example, border officials could ask anyone in any car any questions allowed when crossing the border.

Many of the issues on the table here are similar to those that other workers are also demanding: protections, wages, pensions and benefits.

The CBSA employees are also seeking pay parity with RCMP offers, which earn about 15 per cent more, and implementation of the ’25 and out’ pension provision.

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