Saskatchewan farm officials are calling for quick federal action to block a threatened strike by CP Rail workers.
CP Rail conductors, engineers and signal maintainers have given strike notice for 8 o’clock Tuesday night.
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart and Highways minister David Marit have asked Ottawa for back to work legislation.
Stewart says farmers cannot afford a work stoppage and binding arbitration could also be effective.
Stewart says there is a significant backlog of grain shipments, including 15 percent for canola, 50 percent for lentils and soybeans, 32 percent for oats and 7 percent for non-durum wheat.
The chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, Jim Wickett, sees binding arbitration as a way to quickly settle the rail dispute.
The main issues continue to be wages and work schedules.