05/24/2012 02:25 EDT | Updated 07/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan says CP's rail critical; supports back to back to work legislation

REGINA - Saskatchewan says it wants to see the federal government move quickly with back to work legislation if there are no successful negotiations at Canadian Pacific Railway within hours.

A strike by 4,800 Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) is into its second day.

Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd says each day the strike drags on will have a significant impact.

Boyd says agriculture producers need the rail to move crops.

He says a prolonged strike could hurt potash sales dramatically because the rail is needed to export product around the world.

The minister says it's important to get workers back on the job as soon as possible.