CANADIAN MANUFACTURERS CALL ON ALL SIDES TO AVOID WORK STOPPAGE AT CP RAIL

OTTAWA (ON), March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, a group representing from Canada The manufacturing trade associations, listed below, today issued the following statement on the impending labor disruption at CP Rail:

“Canadian manufacturers are urging the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to reach an immediate agreement and avoid labor disruptions that would seriously harm Canadian manufacturing and export operations.

Canadian manufacturers are among the largest users of rail transportation services. CP Rail is a critical link in manufacturing supply chains, and it’s how we get our goods to market across North America. Collectively, our industry employs over 1.7 million Canadians, accounts for over 10% of our GDP and accounts for two-thirds of from Canada value-added exports.

Given the many disruptions of the past year and the ongoing supply chain crisis, our industry cannot afford another major disruption to the transportation network. In a recent survey conducted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), nine out of ten Canadian manufacturers are facing supply chain issues, and more than 60% rate the impact of these disruptions as major or severe. In addition, Canadian manufacturers surveyed say they have lost approximately $10.5 billion sales due to supply chain disruptions and are now experiencing nearly $1 billion increasing costs.

The fact that a work stoppage at CP Rail will deal another blow to from Canada reputation as a good place to do business and as a reliable supply chain partner. A strike would have a serious impact on our global competitiveness, exacerbate supply chain issues and scare away investment in Canadian manufacturing.

This situation must be avoided at all costs, and we implore both parties to reach an agreement now. Failing that, the federal government must signal its intention to intervene immediately to avoid a work stoppage, a further fracturing of supply chains and another blow to Canadian manufacturing. »

Statement from the following members of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition:

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
Canadian Corrugated Board and Containerboard Association
Food, health and consumer products Canada
Electro Federation Canada
Combination of tire and rubber Canada
Chemical Industry Association Canada
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
Canadian Tooling and Machining Association
Canadian Steel Producers Association
Automotive Industries Association of Canada
Canadian Hydraulic Power Association
Canadian Process Control Association
Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association
Medical Technology Canada
Canadian Foundry Association
Cement Association of Canada

SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

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