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CN Railway and Unifor, the Union representing around 3000 railway employees, have reached a tentative labour agreement, avoiding a possible strike.

Unifor Local 100 and Unifor Council 4000 are made up of mechanics, intermodal, and clerical workers, and the two groups have been working without a contract since the start of the new year.

The members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action earlier this month if a new deal wasn't reached. Talks started back in October of last year, and the two sides have met on several occasions.

No details of the new deal will be released publically until ratification votes have taken place, which Unifor says will be held in the near future.

President and CEO of CN, Tracy Robinson, says in a statement on CN's website, that the company stays committed to improving working conditions.

"We are very pleased to have reached these tentative agreements. CN has always been committed to achieving negotiated settlements to improve the conditions of this important group of employees as we continue our essential work moving the North American economy. We look forward to future collaboration with Unifor."

After the strike action vote earlier this month, CN put out a statement saying they had contingency plans in place, to ensure that operations wouldn't be effected by a strike.