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Transit strike averted!

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UPDATE 6:44 a.m. Tuesday December 10: The strike has been averted! At the eleventh hour, the two came to an agreement


CUPE 7000, the union representing 900 SkyTrain workers, has announced that it will proceed with a full "withdrawal of services" on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The system shutdown will begin on Tuesday at 5 a.m., and normal service will resume on Friday at 5 a.m.

On Dec. 6, CUPE 7000 said it would continue bargaining with the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain) and announce its job action plan at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The announcement comes after four full days of mediation and over 40 days of direct bargaining in which the union reports no significant progress was made on the key issues.

“We understand that this is a massive action that will cause a great deal of inconvenience to our passengers, which is why we hope we can still reach an agreement before Tuesday morning,” said Rebelo.

“We have been either at the table or in mediation for almost 50 days now, so it’s time to get a deal done.”

The last SkyTrain strike was a single day shutdown more than twenty years ago.

CUPE 7000 represents approximately 900 SkyTrain workers who provide service as SkyTrain attendants and control operators as well as administration, maintenance, and technical staff.

Canada Line and West Coast Express are not affected by this announcement.