B.C. workers reach tentative deal, end strike

With some 63,000 containers sitting on ships in harbours in British Columbia, the announcement yesterday that the strike by B.C. port workers has ended will provide relief to supply lines across the country. The workers agreed to a tentative deal after the federal government brought in a mediator.

The B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) had been seeking binding arbitration to end the strike, which lasted almost two weeks and involved some 7,400 workers at more than 30 ports.