There will be no strike or lockout at Evraz Place for the time being, officials at the Regina entertainment complex have announced — and that news appears to bode well for the Juno Awards.

Evraz Place had issued notice that it would be locking out hundreds of employees at noon Thursday.

The workers' union had previously issued strike notice and said it would ban overtime starting this morning.

However, on Wednesday, the provincial government got involved, appointing a special mediator to help resolve the contract dispute.

Evraz Place CEO Mark Allan told reporters early Thursday morning that there will be a cooling off period while the mediator does his job.

"The union cannot take strike action legally and, of course, we wouldn't be exercising our lockout rights," Allan said.

There was no immediate comment from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Thursday morning.

The labour-management dispute has postponed at least one major event — a powwow — and concerns had been raised about the Juno Awards, which are being held at the Brandt Centre, which is part of Evraz Place, on April 21.

Now, it appears the people planning the Junos may not have to worry about a strike or lockout disrupting their event.


The Juno Awards are one of the events being held this month at Evraz Place that could be affected by a labour-management dispute. (CBC)