Labour strife threatens Olympics

Several unions say strikes are imminent
By Lorna Harris
||Last Updated: 01/29/2010

The governments of British Columbia and several municipalities worked very hard a couple of years ago to finalize longer collective agreements that spanned the upcoming Winter Olympics. Their goal was to avoid labour disputes. It now appears as though only part of the job was done.

Hertz Rental Car employees in Vancouver, British Columbia have voted unanimously in favour of strike action, which could begin in January if mediation fails. The Canadian Office and Professional Employees, Local 378 represents the workers, who are facing “major job concessions, zero wage increases, and the replacement of full time positions with part time workers,” according to union president Andy Ross. They work at the Vancouver International Airport and at locations in downtown Vancouver.