UPDATED: Workers at the Prince George sawmill and chip plant are picketing this morning according to the United Steelworkers 1 -2017.
This has been confirmed by President Brian O’Rourke and 1st Vice President Paul French.
“The company says they have offered us two percent over five years but that’s not the issue, the issue is mainly around the concessions that are on the table currently and that’s about as far as I can say right now,” said Don Iwaskow, Financial Secretary.
As for how long this will last, Iwaskow said that has yet to be determined.
“It’s part of a rotating strike, we are here for the day for sure and we will play it day-by-day.”
“We started the picket line this morning at 4 AM and the members on the inside, when they got off shift, came out and joined us and the day shift crew came out and joined us as well.”
He adds they will get participation from its members on all sides.
“We got about 40 people between the two sites out here on the line today and some of them have already gone home and they’ll be looking at coming out this afternoon or this evening.”
Rotating strikes began last week in the Cariboo at Tolko’s Lakeview Division in Williams Lake.
“The bargaining committee has started rotating strikes at CONIFER Mills, with the first being Tolko Lakeview, in Williams Lake,” USW 1-2017 said on Oct. 17.
“All other CONIFER operations are under an overtime ban, which will continue as the bargaining committee evaluates the next operation, or operations, for strike action. Negotiations continue with the Southern Interior.”
(With Files from Brendan Pawliw with My Prince George Now)