City given 72 hour strike notice

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The City of Fort St. John has confirmed that they’ve received the required 72 hour strike notice from workers through the BCEGU. While unionised employees are slated to walk off the job in that time there was an agreement between the parties as to what has been deemed essential services.

City human resources director Rashid Hassan said clerical support for police, City internet technology, and water treatment facilities have been established as essential services going forward, and therefore will not be impacted.

“They will include places like the clerical support in the RCMP, water and waste water treatment plants so that public health and safety is taken care of. There will be some positions for emergency for IT if there’s a break down of the system,” he said.

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Hassan added that every area that was considered as essential, both parties were in agreement and mediation was not needed. He stated both groups realize the health and safety remains most important during labour action.

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