Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, on Monday last I was able to announce the termination of the strike of officer personnel employed on deepsea dry cargo vessels of Canadian registry at Atlantic coast ports.
I am pleased now to advise the house that a settlement has been reached on the Pacific coast and ocean-going vessels which have been held up by the strike there will be free to sail from British Columbia ports immediately.
The terms of settlement on the west coast are the same as those previously reached on the east coast. Wages and working conditions of officer personnel for the coming year will be as recommended by Mr. Justice D. A. MeNiven, industrial disputes inquiry commissioner, and the companies and unions have agreed that there shall be no discrimination in employment or legal action taken or penalties imposed against officers who have been on strike.
Subtopic: DEEPSEA SHIPOWNERS AND DECK, ENGINEERING AND WIRELESS OPERATORS-TERMINATION OF PACIFIC COAST STRIKE