Vancouver, British Columba — Operations have resumed as normal at B.C. ports, following a tentative agreement between the port worker’s association and the workers’ union.
The strike lasted 13 days–any longer and analysts were worried it would impede any progress made since COVID froze up international supply chains.
Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association President Flavio Volpe responded to the agreement news with one word: “Finally.”
“Everyone has a right to bargain a fair deal,” he said. “However, this stoppage cost everyone in Canada money.”
OEMs like Mitsubishi Canada also responded positively to the news a deal had been met.
“The Port of Vancouver is an important hub for Mitsubishi Motors in Canada and the resumption of work allows vehicles and other goods to continue making their way into the hands of Canadians,” said Kenji Harada, president and CEO, in a statement.
The head of the Global Automakers of Canada is not convinced the industry will get out scot-free, though.
“Thousands of customers will face additional delays for their vehicles. Crucial parts and components have been tied up in this quagmire,” he told Automotive News Canada.