Planned job action by Greater Victoria bus drivers on Tuesday has been called off and contract talks with B.C. Transit are set to resume.
Negotiations are scheduled to restart on Monday after a request from B.C. Transit. Union president Ben Williams said there will be no escalation of the current situation as long as talks continue.
Williams leads Canadian Auto Workers Local 333, which represents 650 bus drivers, skilled tradespeople and maintenance workers. The union issued 72-hour strike notice late last week, which means members could walk off the job at any time.
A promise was made by the union to give 24 hours notice before taking job action. The only step taken this week has been to have drivers work in street clothes rather than their uniforms and that will contine.
We are pleased to agree with B.C. Transits request to return to negotiations for a fair and reasonable contract that falls within the same guidelines as other B.C. public-sector unions and employers have used to reach collective agreements, Williams said in a statement.
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