Canadian Pacific strike affects potash shipments
Some shipments across Canada are at a standstill after more than 4,000 Canadian Pacific Railway workers went on strike on Tuesday, and many Saskatchewan industries are feeling the affect.
Bill Johnson, senior director of public affairs at PotashCorp said that the strike will affect their export.
“CP certainly is an important partner of the potash industries. They do a fair amount of the shipping for Canpotex in particular, which is our export sales out to the coast,” he said.
There is currently no foreseeable end to the strike but Johnson said that PotashCorp is not worried yet.
“There is certainly another rail carrier in the country but we … have an interest in seeing this dispute resolved quite quickly,” he said.
Three major potash producers in the province use Canpotex.
At midnight Tuesday, 4,800 Canadian Pacific Railway workers walked off the tracks.
The workers, represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference include engineers, conductors, yardmen and other workers.