Furstenau statement on Sea-to-Sky transit strike - now the longest in B.C. history

June 01, 2022

VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau released the following statement regarding the Sea-to-Sky transit strike, which began on January 29, 2022:

“Today is day 124 of the Sea-to-Sky transit strike, making it the longest transit strike in B.C. history. Residents in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton have waited far too long for a resolution to this crisis. While Labour Minister Harry Bains finally appointed a mediator last night, I am very disappointed that a government that claims to be for workers has waited 124 days to take this relatively standard step for a labour dispute.

“Many people in this region are struggling with low wages, inflation, and the housing crisis. They rely on transit to get to work, and as a result, the ongoing transit strike is leading to labour shortages in other sectors. This is harming small businesses and making it even more difficult for people to cover their basic living expenses. This is a crisis and the B.C. NDP government could have prevented it. 

“With the current state of the economy, workers need all the support they can get. The B.C. NDP government has failed to deliver on universal paid sick leave that matches other OECD countries, action on workplace injuries and the recommendations made by the Patterson Report, and better protections for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. B.C. Greens will continue pushing for these supports for workers who feel abandoned by the premier and his B.C. NDP government.”

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