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Canada Manitoba farmers frustrated, unable to move crops as CN Rail strike continues

19:40  24 november  2019
19:40  24 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Canada's biggest rail strike in a decade has sparked concerns that farmers and homeowners may run short of propane, although the union claims the railroad Canada relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move crops , oil, potash, coal and manufactured goods to ports and the United States.

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a man standing in front of a building: Manitoba farmer John Preun relies on rail to transport the majority of his crops, but the CN Rail strike means three-quarters of the crop he expected to ship out is still on his farm.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Manitoba farmer John Preun relies on rail to transport the majority of his crops, but the CN Rail strike means three-quarters of the crop he expected to ship out is still on his farm. Manitoba farmer John Preun's grain bin is supposed to be empty this time of year, but instead he has about a dozen bins filled with 7,500 tonnes of cereals, soybeans, oats and wheat.

With thousands of Canadian National Railway Co. workers on strike, the St. Andrews farmer said he can't get his goods shipped out because he relies on rail to transport it.

About 3,200 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers walked off the job Nov. 19 after failing to reach a deal by a midnight deadline.

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A strike at Canada's biggest railroad , Canadian National Railway Co, entered its fourth day on Friday as talks continued with Canada's biggest rail strike in a decade has sparked concerns that farmers and homeowners Canada relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move crops , oil, potash

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The workers have been without a contract since July 23, and say they're concerned about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.

Preun said this year was already challenging for agriculture before the rail workers went on strike last week.

"It's been a struggle for us," he said. "This is one of the worst years that I remember in my entire career of farming. I've never seen anything this bad, where we've gone from a drought, to an unconfirmed tornado, to a drought, and then just a deluge of rain when we didn't need it anymore."

Preun said about three-quarters of the crops he would have normally shipped out already is still sitting, but it's not just him — the strike is affecting farmers across the country.

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A strike at Canada's biggest railroad , Canadian National Railway Co, entered its fourth day on Friday as talks continued with Canada's biggest rail strike in a decade has sparked concerns that farmers and homeowners Canada also relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move crops , potash

A strike at Canada's biggest railroad , Canadian National Railway Co, entered its fourth day on Friday as talks continued with Canada’s biggest rail strike in a decade has sparked concerns that farmers and homeowners Canada relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move crops , oil, potash

"We're at a standstill," he said. "It's put a strain on all of us, just the stress of not being able to move that crop in a timely fashion."

Preun said the quality of crops went down this year because of harvesting problems, and then the prices sunk because of trade issues. Now, farmers like him aren't even able to move their crops — and his bills are past due.

He said he's had to let his bank know his payments are coming, but they're going to be late.

"They're working with us to do that," he said. "But I don't like doing that. I want to be on time with my commitments."

Preun said the rail workers deserve to have a safe workplace, and he's sympathetic to their concerns — but he hopes they reach an agreement soon.

"The fact of the matter is that they've brought Canada [to] a standstill," he said. "We need the trains to move so that we can move our grain to an export position. It holds all of us ransom."

Union releases recording of tired CN conductor as strike enters second week .
Union releases recording of tired CN conductor as strike enters second weekAbout 3,200 CN conductors, trainpersons and yard workers across the country walked off the job Nov. 19 over worries about long hours and fatigue.

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