The BC General Employees Union, which includes more than 500 workers here in the Cariboo, has voted 95 percent in facour of strike action if necessary.
The union, which includes government workers such as prison guards, wildfire fighters and liquor store employees to name just a few occupations, is set to return to the bargaining table with the provincial government on Monday, and is now armed with a strike mandate.
The breakdown in the Cariboo is 286 members in Williams Lake, 179 in Quesnel and 52 in 100 Mile House.
The main issue is wages.
The union says the government is offering them less than 2 percent over the next 2 years.
It says that is not even close to what’s needed as inflation in BC in May was at 8.1 percent.