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TransLink Bus Drivers Go Ahead With Strike, Starting Today

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After three days of negotiation, TransLink workers’ union announced they will go on strike. 

The union, Unifor, have been in negotiation with TransLink for the last three days, after giving its 72-hour strike notice.

But with no adequate deal made, the strike will commence today.

What this means is TransLink drivers will not wear uniforms and maintenance workers will refuse to work overtime.

Maintenance workers are also refusing overtime, which means that bus and SeaBus services are subject to cancellations.

“If the union proceeds with job action, it will only punish transit users in Metro Vancouver, many of whom rely on our system for their daily commute,” said Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company, Thursday.

However, TransLink assures the public that many of its operations will not be affected including: SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, HandyDART and West Vancouver Blue Bus.

The union is negotiating to improve working conditions, better breaks, and higher wages. 

“They don’t have sufficient time to recover and rest between trips so that they can eat something and go to the bathroom and really just reset themselves,” said Unifor director Gavin McGarrigle to CBC, earlier this month.

TransLink drivers originally voted on a strike October 10, where 99% of drivers voted for it.

According to reports, negotiations broke down around noon on Thursday, October 31st.

The strike will continue until a deal is met.

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