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CityNews Winnipeg: Winnipeg businesses frustrated by long MPI strike: ‘It’s affecting our daily life’

October 18, 2023 — 

Under labour laws in Manitoba, parties involved in a labour dispute can apply for binding arbitration if a strike continues for 60 days.

Julia Smith from the University of Manitoba says this is one of the longer strikes in recent memory.

“Nobody likes a strike, nobody likes a long strike,” said Smith, an assistant professor of labour studies. “I think, hopefully with the change in government, that will hopefully mean that a deal will get done because the best place for a deal to get done is at the table. Binding arbitration is there but the best place for it to be done is negotiated and then members can vote on it.”

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