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No SeaBus cancellations Saturday as transit job action continues

Last Updated Nov 9, 2019 at 9:12 am PDT

FILE - A SeaBus crosses the Burrard Inlet. (Courtesy Facebook/Translink)
Summary

SeaBus commuters face smoother sailing Saturday with no cancellations expected despite ongoing transit job action

TransLink says the nature of the union's maintenance overtime ban means that SeaBus sailing cancellations will fluctuate

Wages, benefits and working conditions are key issues in the dispute

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – For the first time since job action began eight days ago, there are no cancelled SeaBus sailings scheduled for Saturday.

Trip cancellations have hit SeaBus service everyday since since Nov. 1, when maintenance workers began refusing overtime and bus drivers began refusing to wear their uniforms.

On Friday, 16 sailings were cancelled and dozens of trips were also cancelled on 25 bus routes.

TransLink says the nature of the union’s maintenance overtime ban means SeaBus sailing cancellations will fluctuate each day. It adds most of the bus reductions affected “high-frequency routes,” including several servicing UBC.

Working conditions, wages and benefits have been the main sticking point in negotiations. Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company have not met at the negotiating table since talks broke down last week and as of Friday, there no new talks were scheduled between the two sides.