• Canada's CP Rail shuts down railroad, workers strike

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    Canadian Pacific Railway halted operations and locked out workers over a
    labor dispute early on Sunday, with each side blaming the other for a halt
    that will likely disrupt shipment of key commodities at a time of soaring prices.

    "We are very disappointed with this turn of events," said Teamsters Canada
    Rail Conference spokesperson Dave Fulton. The union said in a statement
    that it had begun to strike across the country in the dispute that it says affects 3,000 engineers, conductors and yard workers.

    Canada's second-biggest railroad operator accused the union of
    misrepresenting the company's position, saying in a statement that the Teamsters were "well aware of the damage this reckless action will cause
    to the Canadian supply chain."

    Minister of Labour Seamus O'Regan Jr said CP and Teamsters were still at
    the table with federal mediators.

    "We are monitoring the situation closely and expect the parties to keep
    working until they reach an agreement," he said in a tweet just after

    Canada, the largest country by area after Russia, depends heavily on rail
    to move commodities and manufactured goods to port. CP's network runs
    across much of southern Canada and extends as far south as Kansas City in
    the United States.

    The lockout is the latest blow to Canada's battered supply chain, which
    last year weathered floods in British Columbia that washed out track and suspended access to Canada's biggest port. CP has said a stoppage would
    disrupt the movement of grain, potash and coal.

    CP had notified the union on Wednesday that it would lock out employees on Sunday, barring a breakthrough in talks on a deal covering pensions, pay
    and benefits.

    It said the key bargaining issue is the union's request for higher pension caps. Chief Financial Officer Nadeem Velani told a New York investor
    conference on Tuesday that the railway was unwilling to accept that

    Canada's Nutrien said this week it may need to reduce potash production at
    its mines in the province of Saskatchewan if the shutdown lasts longer
    than a few days.

    The country's last major railway labor disruption was an eight-day
    Canadian National Railway Co CNR.TO strike in 2019. But in the past 12
    years, there have been 12 stoppages due to poor weather, blockades or
    labor issues, according to the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.

    (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru and Rod Nickel in Chicago;
    Editing by William Mallard and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/canadas-cp-rail-shuts-down-railroad- workers-strike

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