Canadian Manufacturing

Workers strike at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ont., rail plant

Employees went on strike after failing to reach agreement with Bombardier management

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—Employees at Bombardier Inc.’s light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias says there was “no meaningful discussion” leading up to the 2 p.m. ET strike deadline July 14.

Dias says morning meetings with Bombardier related to protocol in case of a dispute, and didn’t focus on contract negotiations for the 900 employees.

He says Bombardier wants to make changes to pensions and benefits that are unacceptable to the employees and are similar to demands that caused a brief strike in 2011.

A Bombardier spokesperson says the company is “deeply disappointed” that the employees are on strike.

He says the company is focused on minimizing the potential impact of the labour disruption on its customers.

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