Nutrien calls on the Canadian government to end the CP Rail strike

Strike would impact Nutrien’s ability to transport potash, nitrogen and other agricultural chemicals to retail outlets just before spring planting

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Nutrien Ltd., the world’s largest producer of crop nutrients, wants the Canadian government to end a strike at one of the country’s largest railways because the disruption could potentially lead to smaller crops .

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About 3,000 workers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. voted in favor of a strike on March 16 if a collective agreement is not reached, according to their union. This would impact Nutrien’s ability to transport potash, nitrogen and other crop chemicals to retail outlets across Canada just before spring planting, the company said in an email.

Without these products, harvests could be reduced when food prices soar. The fertilizer supply chain is still “reeling” from the impacts of everything from COVID-19 to sanctions against Belarus and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nutrien said. Crop nutrient prices are at record highs amid concerns about shortages.

“The global food supply is already stretched and cannot afford any further negative impacts at this time,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. “We would be very disappointed to see a labor dispute have such a significant impact on global agricultural supply chains and therefore we hope that the Canadian government will consider intervening to prevent another transportation crisis.