Thursday, April 25, 2024
NewsOne of Canada's Largest Auto Shipment Hubs is On Strike

One of Canada’s Largest Auto Shipment Hubs is On Strike

Strike at Halifax vehicle trans-shipment hub

  • Expect delays as Autoport Halifax workers picket

  • Contract talks have dragged nearly six months


Workers at one of Canada’s main new car hubs are on strike. The labour action at CN Autoport in Eastern Passage, near Halifax NS, could have a major impact on new vehicle availability, especially in the eastern portions of the country.

Unifor members at the vehicle import hub went on strike early this morning. Unifor Local 100, which represents 239 workers at the site, has said that Autoport, which is owned by Canadian National Railway, is planning to use scab workers.

Unifor National President Lana Payne said that “this highlights the need for the federal government to move quickly to pass anti-scab legislation to prevent companies, like Autoport, from trying to bully workers instead of negotiating a fair contract.” Unifor and Autoport began contract negotiations in September of last year.

Luxury European automakers including BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Volkswagen and Audi all use the port as their landing site for vehicles shipped from Europe for preparation for transit to dealers. The site is also used by automakers, including General Motors, Ford, Stellantis, and Hyundai, to disperse vehicles from factories across North America as well as Asia. Those vehicles arrive by train before being sent to trucks for delivery to dealers. A significant portion of all new vehicles being sent to Newfoundland are also shipped through the Halifax hub.

Autoport is a major vehicle shipment hub and processes and transships close to 185,000 vehicles per year.

The impact of the strike is not yet clear, but it has the potential to delay deliveries of new vehicles for nearly all automakers severely.

Advertisement

Trending Now

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.