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Border officers will be on strike across Canada starting Friday August 6.

Around 8,500 workers represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) are set to take part in a work-to-rule strike which will see agents performing only the minimum amount of work required by their contracts.  

The unions are warning that a work-to-rule strike would have a “dramatic impact” on the border reopening as well as Canada’s supply chain.  In addition to airports and land borders, the job action would also slow down operations at commercial shipping ports, postal facilities and CBSA offices.

In a statement to CBC News, the CBSA did not say if it expects the type of delays being described by the unions. It said it will “respond quickly to any job action” to ensure the border remains safe and open to legitimate travellers and goods.  The agency also noted that 90 per cent of border agents have been identified as essential workers. A CBSA spokesperson said that in the event of a strike, “we expect that our officers will continue to fulfil their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.'

The unions say they are back at the bargaining table with the federal government today in the hopes of reaching a new deal before the strike is scheduled to begin — at 6 a.m. EDT on Friday.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide further update and new information is received.





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