MONTREAL — Some 1,700 engineers working for Canadian National Railways went on strike this weekend for higher wages and lower workloads, as opposition leaders called for government mediation in contract talks.
The strikers, part of the Teamsters union, began their work stoppage on Saturday to protest the company's wage hike offer and its proposal to increase the minimum mileage at work.
Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff said Canadians deserve a transport system that works, and called on the government to resolve the labor dispute.
A CN spokesman said the strike would not affect passenger trains.
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