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Saskatchewan premier calls on Ottawa to legislate rail workers as essential service

The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan premier calls on Ottawa to legislate rail workers as essential service

REGINA, SK – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is urging the federal government to classify rail workers as essential and to ensure back-to-work legislation is passed if Canadian Pacific Railway employees go on strike.

Moe says the Saskatchewan Party government plans to deliver a petition to Ottawa this week calling for the change.

The union representing the rail workers has said more than 96 per cent of its members voted in favour of a strike.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says wages, benefits and pensions are the main issues.

Moe says a strike would affect goods moving across the province and would hurt industries already facing supply chain disruptions.

A spokesperson for the federal transport minister’s office didn’t address the petition, but said the government is monitoring the situation and encouraging both sides to work together to reach a resolution.

Canadian Pacific says the federal government has stepped in during eight of the last nine collective bargaining rounds it has had with the union.

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