The deal was reached at the very last minute before the employees took strike action.
A tentative agreement has been reached with VIA Rail, Council 4000 and Unifor Local 100, just hours before members are set to take strike action.
< p class="e-p">The two sides negotiated until the very last minute, after the union twice postponed its strike ultimatum. Unifor finally announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with VIA Rail around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
The fight against the concessions offered by VIA Rail was not easy, but the determination, commitment and solidarity of our members helped the bargaining committees move forward and conclude this agreement in principle, said Scott Doherty, chief negotiator and executive assistant to the national president in a press release.
I would like to thank our members and the traveling public for their patience and support as we continued to negotiate past the strike deadline to reach this agreement. Without them, this agreement would not have been possible.
Details of the new contract will be released once the agreement has been ratified by the members.
The strike was averted as the tourism industry is experiencing a significant recovery across the country.
Rail services will be maintained , pending ratification votes. VIA Rail nevertheless continues to offer customers the possibility of modifying their travel plans without service charges for any departure scheduled before July 31st.
The strike threat affected more than 2,000 employees working in stations, on board trains, in VIA Rail's maintenance and customer service centers as well as in administrative offices.
Members of Council 4000 and Unifor Local Lodge 100 had given their union a firm strike mandate if an agreement could not be reached for the renewal of collective agreements.