Friday, July 19, 2024

Strike averted as Canada Border Services and unions reach tentative agreement


Anyone who was worried about the border closing can breathe a sigh of relief. 

On Tuesday, June 11th, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) announced a tentative agreement had been reached between them and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Previously the unions had threatened a strike to occur if an agreement could not be met at the bargaining table by this Friday, June 14th. 

“Our bargaining team has been working around the clock to secure the best contract for our members, and this tentative agreement is a testament to their incredible hard work and dedication,” said Sharon DeSousa, PSAC National President. 

“This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”

PSAC says the full details of this agreement will be made available on Thursday, June 13th for union members to look over before a ratification vote. 


“I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over that past two years of negotiations,” said Mark Weber, CIU National President. 

“Our bargaining team couldn’t have won this agreement without the strength and support shown by thousands of members across the country who took action to support our bargaining team.”

This agreement will ensure no delays are caused at borders across the country as 9,000 workers were prepared to strike.

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