Kelowna one of four cities involved in BCGEU strike

A B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union one-day strike will take place in Kelowna and three other locations Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union has issued notice that a one-day strike will take place in Kelowna and three other locations Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Thirty members of the Ministry of Labour, Agriculture, Health and Environment office at 1690 Powick Rd. will take part in job action during normal hours of operation.

The strike will also affect Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations offices in Surrey, Campbell River and 100 Mile House, as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure office in 100 Mile House.

In total, 180 workers will be picketing Tuesday.

“We’re in the process of ramping up some of our job action,” said Darryl Walker, president of the BCGEU.

“The government has not chosen to move or renew the mandate that they’ve been given to negotiate with us. We’ve decided to take the next steps, which are to start job action.”

Walker said the four communities were chosen to spread the BCGEU’s message past the Lower Mainland.

“This way we can get the general public in the four communities to start to understand what’s going on and get an idea of our frustrations.

“It’s a matter of getting more information out there—that’s what we think job action will do.”

The BCGEU president noted that all picketers will be non-essential service workers. Essential services will not be affected by the strike.

If the government refuses to change its current mandate, Walker said that more strikes will likely take place in the near future.

This is the BCGEU’s second job action this summer in support of their proposals for a new contract with the provincial government. Members picketed three liquor distribution branch sites in Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops July 3.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

Kelowna Capital News