Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
I thought, Mr. Speaker, the house would like to know that in so far as the east coast is concerned, the strike of officer personnel of deepsea ships is over.
Over the week end there were negotiations between the parties concerned in which officials of the Department of Labour took part. These negotiations resulted in ironing out the main difficulties and all ships will be sailing from eastern ports today or tomorrow. There are one or two minor matters to be settled but it is expected they will be taken care of satisfactorily.
With regard to the Pacific coast, negotiations are continuing and I am hopeful that by tomorrow the strike, as far as that area also is concerned, will be ended.
The settlement with regard to wages and working conditions is on the basis of the recommendations of Mr. Justice D. A. McNiven, who was the conciliation commissioner, with the provision that the unions and the companies agree that there will be no discrimination in employment or prosecution by the companies against their officers who have been on strike or by the unions against officers who have sailed or been on articles on any ships during the dispute.
Subtopic: DEEPSEA SHIPOWNERS AND DECK, ENGINEERING AND WIRELESS OPERATORS-TERMINATION OF EAST COAST STRIKE