VIA RAIL ISSUES ALERT ABOUT POSSIBLE STRIKE

Jun 10, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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A “heads-up” for travellers – from Via Rail.
It’s been given notice that one of its unions could go on strike – as early as Monday.

Unifor represents 1,800 Via employees – who work in areas including passenger stations, maintenance, and administrative offices.

Via says the notice is part of normal negotiations under federal law – and it doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a strike or lockout.

The earliest Via service disruptions could begin Monday just after midnight.

Via carries about 10,000 passengers a day, on average.

The government owned company says – if a strike begins, trains in transit would complete their trips – before all services would be suspended for the duration of the strike – and until normal operations can safely resume.

Negotiations began on October 30th and are now in mediation.

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