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16 SeaBus sailings cancelled on day seven of Metro Vancouver transit strike

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 6:52 am PST

FILE - A line-up to get onto the SeaBus to Vancouver on Aug. 20, 2015. (Courtesy Instagram @vancitycommuter)

More than a dozen SeaBus sailings were cancelled on Thursday as transit worker job action continues

The job action is expected to escalate, with bus cancellations expected by the end of this week

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — SeaBus service connecting Vancouver and the North Shore is taking another hit and commuters are growing anxious as job action by Metro Vancouver transit workers enters day seven with no end in sight.

On Wednesday, TransLink announced a total of 16 SeaBus sailings would be cancelled for the next day. Maintenance workers have been refusing overtime, and on Monday and Tuesday, six sailings were cancelled each day. On Wednesday, that number went up, with 14 cancelled.

While there has not yet been a major impact on bus schedules, drivers have been out of uniform as part of the job action.

Talks between Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company, which operates Metro Vancouver transit services on behalf of TransLink, broke off last week, leading to the job action by roughly 5,000 Unifor transit drivers, SeaBus operators and mechanics.

Working conditions, wages and benefits have been the main sticking point in negotiations. The two sides have not been at the table since talks broken down.

The job action is expected to escalate, with bus cancellations coming by the end of this week.