Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Strike Threat on Hold at Halifax Shipyard Building Navy Ships as Talks Resume

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Strike Threat on Hold at Halifax Shipyard Building Navy Ships as Talks Resume

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Union postpones strike at Halifax shipyard

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HALIFAX - With just hours to go before a threatened strike, the union at the Halifax shipyard building the next generation of Royal Canadian Navy vessels has agreed to go back to the bargaining table.

Unifor had given 48-hour strike notice, with picket lines expected to go up Saturday morning.

However, the union issued a news release Friday afternoon saying negotiators would return to the bargaining table with Irving Shipbuilding on Monday.

Earlier this week, the union said a strong majority of 850 unionized employees at Irving's Halifax Shipyard had rejected a tentative contract.

However, Adam Hersey, the union local's business agent, says Irving told them it plans to address some of their members' concerns.

"Irving has informed us they are prepared to make a good faith effort to address some of the concerns raised by our members so on this basis we will extend the strike deadline and return to the table," said Hersey in an email. …

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