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Pay issues sorted for transit bus drivers, front-line workers following TransLink hack

Last Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 8:59 pm PST

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Transit operator's front-line workers now have their pay issues sorted out

Bus Driver's Union chief says their back-pay has been delivered in-full

The union chief adds workers have been assured their next payments which come out Friday will be normal

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — TransLink bus drivers and other front-line employees in Metro Vancouver are getting their fiscal lives back on track as TransLink continues to try to recover from the attack on its system.

Balbir Mann, head of the Bus Driver’s Union, says their issue with their pay has now been sorted out and is expected to be problem-free when transit operators get their first cheques of the year Friday.

“All the pay bills for 2020 has been reconciled, and all the members have been paid out correctly. But there still is a lot of work which needs to be done,” he tells NEWS 1130.

Due to TransLink’s hack, the company was forced to pay transit operators a flat-rate across the board, meaning many operators saw their cheques come up hundreds of dollars short through the holidays.

“They have given us insurance, and they said, they’re going to take proper steps, so that it doesn’t happen in future again, we’ll see you know, as we progress,” Mann adds.

TransLink is still working to recover from the assault on its system but has been unwilling to detail the extent of the damage.

Mann says the hack of TransLink in November continues to disrupt communications between the drivers and their dispatch.