Trains are still rolling on Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway lines after an impending strike was temporarily delayed this weekend.
CP employees represented by Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were set to go on strike Saturday morning.
The strike was postponed after the federal labour minister ordered the employees to vote on the company’s latest offer just ahead of the strike deadline.
Statements from both CP and the unions say the minister’s order followed advice of federal mediators.
Both unions have since issued statements recommending that their members reject the company’s offers.
CP Rail said in a statement that the minister’s order means there will be no disruption in commuter or freight service.
A statement from the unions says the company’s offers don’t have a “chance in hell of being ratified.”
A strike would have a big impact on Saskatchewan exports such as grain, oil and potash, all of which rely on rail transport to get to market.
-with files from Canadian Press