ILWU Canada Reports Automation Will Kill Thousand of Jobs in B.C.

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According to a recent study on automation, Prince Rupert is in a vulnerable state with nearly 1,200 marine terminal jobs at risk of elimination.

In an economic impact study commissioned by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, it is estimated that full automation in BC marine terminals could get rid of over 9,200 longshore jobs and have significant impact on the communities dependant on marine terminals.

Union President Rob Ashton is quoted in a news release from last week saying, "The companies that automate these jobs out of existence stand to benefit. It is equally clear that workers, communities and governments would be left to pick up the pieces after the damage is done."

In the release, the union calls on all governments to stop rewarding companies for moving towards automation and requests federal party leaders commit to modernizing the approach to labour market adjustment.

Delta and Vancouver are facing a similar threat, but according to the report Prince Rupert is considered most at risk.