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Union's next steps as Metro Vancouver transit strike continues

Transit union ready to talk

The union representing Metro Vancouver transit workers has offered to go back to the bargaining table while announcing escalating strike action by Friday.

Unifor lead negotiator Gavin McGarrigle says the union has asked the employer, Coast Mountain Bus Company, to resume negotiations on Wednesday.

McGarrigle also announced that all drivers will begin refusing overtime starting Friday if an agreement can't be reached, affecting 10 to 15 per cent of Metro Vancouver's bus service.

For now, McGarrigle says the overtime ban for drivers will only be on Friday, but if a deal isn't reached that action would expand into next week.

An overtime ban by maintenance workers has already disrupted bus service and numerous cancellations on the SeaBus, which connects Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The union representing 5,000 transit operators began strike action Nov. 1.



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