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No new negotiations planned between province, BCGEU; labour disruptions may escalate

The president of the B-C General Employees Union said they may step up labour disruptions if the government doesn’t return to the negotiating table.

The union represents 33-thousand provincial employees.

It launched strike action Monday by picketing four government liquor distribution centres (in Richmond, Delta, Victoria, and Kamloops).

Union president Stephanie Smith stated their options include work-to-rule campaigns, a refusal to work overtime, or more picket lines.

Smith says union members won’t cave in and she’s hoping that forces the province to return to the bargaining table.

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The province has offered an 11 percent wage increase in a three-year deal.

But Smith mentioned the workers want protection against inflation.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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