50 SeaBus sailings were cancelled over the weekend, due to the TransLink strike underway.
As part of the job action that began Friday, maintenance staff are refusing to work overtime, which is having a big effect on the SeaBus’s operation.
TransLink services (the SeaBus in particular) depend on staff working extra hours because the company cannot operate regularly without it.
Because of this, the SeaBus does not have enough engineering staff to run a third route – including ones during rush hour on Fridays. That day alone, TransLink cancelled 14 sailings.
On Friday, the SeaBus ran every 15 minutes, instead of the usual 10 minute intervals.
That number grew on Saturday as 20 sailings were cancelled between 4:15-9:15 pm, reported CBC. Services were every half hour, instead of 15 minutes.
Then on Sunday, there were 16 cancellations, as they continued running every half hour.
As of Monday morning, TransLink tweeted there have been 6 sailing cancellations.
The affected SeaBus sailings
From Lonsdale Quay
For non-service job action updates – https://t.co/Viw4DNamSr
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) November 4, 2019
It’s likely this trend will continue as long as the TransLink strike is happening. In addition to maintenance staff refusing to work overtime, bus drivers will not wear their Coast Mountain Bus Company uniforms, to draw attention to their cause.
Staff had voted 99% in favour of the strike last month, in hopes of gaining better working conditions and higher wages.
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