Seventy-seven workers at a major charter bus company have been told they will be out of work in the New Year, even as they vote to strike.
Unifor national representative Mario Santos says the contract that Pacific Coach Lines has with BC Ferries was suddenly terminated in the middle of bargaining.
“It could be hardball. It is really hard to tell. The concern I have, though, is we have the workforce there that is going to be laid off and then the massive concessions the employer proposing at the table. There will not be a lot of work left over after that. It could be a bit of a hardball tactic but some of it is the moving forward scenario.”
Santos says the contract, which expires Jan. 31, has never been put to tender before.
He says employees have been with the company for 25 years.
So far, no comment from Pacific Coach Lines or BC Ferries.