The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), representing over 73,000 workers across B.C., will stand in solidarity with the workers locked out of their jobs by Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Vancouver.
On June 30th, PBC announced to its workers they would be prevented from returning to work if they continued a job action aimed at securing a fair deal for workers. During the latest round of negotiations, PBC tried to roll back retiree benefits, which workers are trying to protect.
In a sign of support for the locked out workers the BCGEU Provincial Executive, members and staff are joining the locked out PBC workers at the picket line on July 11th.
"An attack on the rights of these workers is an attack on all workers." said Stephanie Smith, President of the BCGEU. "It is in moments like these when we must stand together in solidarity and support each other's fights for respect and good working conditions at our workplace."
The PBC workers, represented by CUPE 1816, voted 98% in favour of a strike on June 22, which led to a rotating job action to demand a fair deal from their employer.
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