News

BCGEU strike in Maple Ridge

Bruce Rawlings, a stock worker at a production distribution centre in Port Coquitlam for the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, walks along Lougheed Highway during a day-long strike by the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union on Wednesday.  - Colleen Flanagan/The News
Bruce Rawlings, a stock worker at a production distribution centre in Port Coquitlam for the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, walks along Lougheed Highway during a day-long strike by the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union on Wednesday.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/The News

Provincial government employees staged their largest one-day strike so far Wednesday to press for a bigger wage increase, with two thirds of the workforce off the job at ministry offices, liquor stores and ICBC offices province-wide.

Both the government and the B.C. Government and Services Employees' Union remained unwilling to budge from their positions after negotiations broke down over wage increases this spring. The union executive is meeting next week to consider further strike action this fall.

There was a lone protestor in Maple Ridge Wednesday morning.

Bruce Rawlings, a stock worker at a production distribution centre in Port Coquitlam for the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, caught the attention of drivers along Lougheed Highway by carrying a large yellow BCGEU flag and wearing a "on strike" sign around his neck.

Two earlier one-day strikes targeted liquor warehouses and then selected resource ministry offices in the B.C. Interior. Government negotiators offered raises of two and 1.5 per cent for the next two years, then withdrew the offer after the union staged the first strike.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Getting to the needle point
 
Election strategy goes to online tactics
 
New Maple Ridge bylaw would clear up signs
Nine seniors flu clinics reinstated
 
New multi-user trail opens in south Aldergrove
 
Fencing off homeless camp part of a broader action plan: City
Protestors claim immigration is reason for traffic gridlock
 
ELECTION 2014: Malcolm Brodie won all polls, councillors split
 
Electric guitar stolen from Langley music store

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.