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Horgan not looking to make transit essential service as strike action escalates

Last Updated Nov 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm PDT

FILE - B.C. Premier John Horgan, July 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Premier John Horgan says he isn't looking at making transit an essential service in light of on-going strikes

Bus drivers, and SeaBus and maintenence workers will move to a full service strike for 3 days next week

SkyTrain workers have voted to strike, but no service disruptions are planned

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Despite a looming shut down of the transit system by bus drivers and SeaBus workers next week – and now a strike vote by SkyTrain workers – Premier John Horgan says he isn’t looking at any solutions beyond bargaining.

“I appreciate I am broken record on this, but timing is everything when there’s a labour dispute in play, and I believe the time is now to let free collective bargaining run its course,” he says.

RELATED: SkyTrain workers vote to strike

Horgan says he understands people are stressed about the strike, but he’s not considering making it an essential service and forcing workers to stay on the job.

“Whenever there’s a labour dispute is has an impact on the public, like transit,” he says. “That’s cold comfort when you reflect on how your are going to get around should there be a full-scale disruption in service – that’s not the case today.”

RELATED: Bus, SeaBus workers promise ‘complete system shutdown’ if no deal reached

SkyTrain workers voted to strike Nov. 21, but no strike notice has been issued, and no service disruptions are in sight. Bus drivers, SeaBus and maintenance workers will be moving to a full service disruption Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week.