Ottawa, Ontario, October 3, 2011—Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, congratulated Algoma Tankers Limited and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (CMSG) for successfully reaching a new collective agreement.
“I am very pleased that Algoma Tankers Limited and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild have reached a negotiated agreement without interruption to services,” said Minister Raitt. “Strong labour-management relations benefit our country’s economic prosperity and the economic security of Canadians.”
The collective agreement, covering 23 marine engineers, expired on July 31, 2011. The dispute was settled with the assistance of a conciliation officer and a mediator from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code. Mediation aims to achieve a collective agreement and avoid a work stoppage.
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