Quick Peak: Lockout continues; Ferries changes

Lockout continues

A quarry workers lockout on Texada Island continues despite efforts to return to the bargaining table.

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United Steelworkers Local 816 and quarry owner Lafarge/Holcim negotiators sat down with veteran contract mediator Vince Ready to see if an agreement could be made over the holidays.

Union spokesperson Earl Graham said membership was hopeful a deal could be reached that would end the labour dispute.

After talks began, it became clear that Lafarge/Holcim was not ready to bring the union workers back, said Graham. The union is resolute in its stand against an attack on seniority rights, he said.

Local 816 represents approximately 90 workers and has been locked out since October 17.


Ferries changes

BC Ferries plans to ban smoking on all vessels and not allow passengers to remain in their vehicles on lower,  fully-enclosed decks while vessels are underway.

The ferry corporation is reviewing its smoking policy to offer a smoke-free environment for all passengers.

The corporation has also confirmed plans to start following Transport Canada regulations prohibiting passengers from staying inside vehicles parked on the lower, closed car decks during sailings.

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