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BCGEU workers could look to use union bargaining

Strike action could be pursued by members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union.

28 September 2011

Members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) are considering going on strike as fears over job security mount.

Security workers and tradespeople at BC Place - a multi-purpose sports arena - may support their services ahead of the new seasons for the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Karen Tankard, a spokeswoman for the BCGEU - which has over 65,000 members - told the Vancouver Courier that individuals want a new collective bargaining agreement, as opposed to industrial action.

However, if strike negotiations are not able to deliver a suitable compromise for the employees, there is a chance of a 72-hour walkout.

"This is all about job security. BC Place management wants to downgrade some of the jobs to part-time and management has contracted some of our security work to Genesis Security," Ms Tankard observed.

At the moment, no pay increase is on the table for the workers.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Vancouver Courier, September 28th

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