Farm groups are starting to raise concerns about the potential impacts the PSAC strike could have for the ag sector.
Keystone Agricultural Producers President, Jill Verwey is calling on negotiators for the federal government and the union to continue an open dialogue with adequate contingencies in place to minimize the negative impacts for farmers and the ag sector.
Verway points out that thousands of public service employees play a key role in the delivery and administration of agricultural programs and services, including the business risk management programs and programs under the new Sustainable CAP.
As well, the majority of Canadian Grain Commission employees who are involved in outward inspection, export certification and producer payment security are also affected by the strike action.
She says while they respect the rights for collective action, this strike could negatively impact grain shipments resulting in backlogs and restricted cash flow for farmers, as well as increased demurrage costs for grain companies.
There's also the potential for delays at border crossings which could impact spring seeding operations for farmers that own land across the border.