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Bus delays expected this week as Metro Vancouver transit strike continues

FILE - A TransLink trolley bus, operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company, in downtown Vancouver on a rainy November morning in 2019. (Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Four SeaBus sailings have been cancelled for Monday morning

The job action began on Nov. 1 when drivers began refusing to wear uniforms

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There will be more problems commuting this week in Metro Vancouver as Coast Mountain Bus Company workers continue job action.

Bus drivers will be refusing to do overtime Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week, which could impact 10 to 15 per cent of all bus routes. A similar action on Friday led to hundreds of bus delays listed on the TransLink website. Over 400 delays were listed as of 6 a.m. on Nov. 18.

Four SeaBus sailings were cancelled for Monday morning, the 7:20 and 9:00 a.m. from Lonsdale Quay, and the 7:35 and 9:15 a.m. from Waterfront Station.

Talks between Unifor and CMBC, which operates Metro Vancouver transit services on behalf of TransLink, reached a tipping point on Nov. 1, 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.