Vancouver: As thousands of B.C. port workers are on a labour strike for the fourth day, one Canadian organization is calling for legal changes that would discourage future disruptions.

The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters group wants to see ports and rail lines designated as essential infrastructure.

The organization also wants the federal government to limit when and where labour and other disruptions can happen, which it says would give manufacturers the stability they need.

This comes as the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is asking Ottawa to “use every tool at its disposal” to ensure a deal is struck, including back-to-work legislation, if necessary

Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada walked out Saturday in a dispute over contracting out and wages and the association representing maritime employers quit talks on Monday, saying further bargaining was unlikely to produce a deal. — Canadian Press

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