Unionized workers on the Canada Line have voted 99 percent in favour of strike action.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union represents approximately 150 workers on the Richmond-Vancouver rapid-transit line, which is operated by SNC-Lavalin subsidiary Protrans B.C. under a contract with TransLink.
“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement,” Paul Finch, BCGEU treasurer, stated in a news release on Thursday (January 8). “We are committed to meaningful negotiations with the help of a mediator later this month. However, if mediation fails we are prepared to increase pressure to negotiate an agreement.”
According to the BCGEU, the last collective agreement ended on December 31, 2013.
Mediation at the Labour Relations Board is slated to begin on January 19.
The $2.1-billion Canada Line, which has an estimated weekly ridership of 120,000, opened in 2009.
In November 2014, the Canada Line officially transported its 200 millionth passenger.