A strike notice has been issued by unionized staff at Victoria Shipyards, which could lead to job action as soon as Saturday morning.
Union members working at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards, led by the Boilermakers 191, held a strike vote March 24 where 98 per cent voted in favour of a strike, according to a Movement of United Professionals bulletin to its members.
The Boilermakers 191, on behalf of all unions at Victoria Shipyards, issued a 72-hour strike notice on March 29 and, without any significant dialogue at this point, the union will likely be requesting the presence of the mediator from the Labour Relations Board (LRB).
According to the Victoria Shipyards union, it is required that 48-hours’ notice is provided before any job action can commence. As a result of the timeline, job action is able to commence as soon as Saturday.
Along with Victoria Shipyards, employees working for the Vancouver Island Regional Library are also currently on strike in the hopes for higher wages as the cost of living increases.