The collective agreement between BC Ferries and its union will expire this October, but the President and CEO of BC Ferries doesn’t anticipate a repeat of the 2003 strike which halted service.
Earlier this week, BC Ferries touted an uptick in ridership with both vehicle and passenger traffic up about five per cent in March, year over year.
And while fares went up slightly this month, BC Ferries remains an important player for transportation in the province..
Mike Corrigan says a new caveat in bargaining will hopefully end any hopes of a potential labour dispute this fall.
“We will begin the process of negotiating with our union this summer; but one of the things that’s now in place is binding arbitration going forward. There’s not the ability to strike anymore, so we would basically go to binding arbitration with a panel if we ever got to a situation where the union and management couldn’t come to a position going forward.”
Corrigan was speaking on CKNW during The Sean Leslie Show.