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“The union that represents 9,000 CBSA workers said Friday they won't strike until at least Wednesday, as mediation continues.


The Public Service Alliance of Canada initially said border workers were set to strike as early as 4 p.m. Friday if the two sides hadn't reached a deal.


But shortly after 4 p.m., a spokesperson for the union said negotiations would continue.


The spokesperson said later Friday that a new strike deadline would be set in the coming days and job action was still possible if an agreement couldn't be reached at the table.


The federal Treasury Board said Friday it was pleased PSAC has committed to staying at the negotiating table.


"To date, discussions have been productive, and we remain committed to reaching an agreement that is fair and reasonable for members of the Border Services group as quickly as possible," the department said in a statement.


The union did not immediately elaborate on how the talks are going.

The government says 90 per cent of front-line border officers are designated as essential, which means they can't stop working during a strike.


But union members could work-to-rule, a tactic in which employees do their jobs exactly as outlined in their contracts.


Experts say that could still cause serious slowdowns, which could turn into massive disruptions given the volume of traffic that normally moves across the border.


"CBSA employees in essential services positions must provide uninterrupted border services and cannot intentionally slow down border processing," the border agency said in a statement.


"Job action would slow down commercial traffic at the border and ports of entry, impacting international travel, mail and parcel deliveries, and disrupting the collection of duties and taxes on goods entering Canada," the group said.


"In short, a strike would be massively disruptive to any commercial traffic and business travel for manufacturers."



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