Talks break off after contract axed
GO buses are expected to run as usual today.
But the possibility of a strike over the holiday season or early in the new year looms large after talks broke off yesterday between GO Transit and its 1,200 unionized bus drivers, ticket agents and office workers.
The two sides had returned to the bargaining table after 69 per cent of the workers rejected a tentative contract settlement announced earlier this month.
Union president Denis Tanham said he didn’t know what the workers’ next move would be, but job action would be on the table when the executive of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 meets. "The company said they’re not prepared to talk any more, so there’s a possibility of a strike," he said.
GO officials refused to comment. But a company statement said it had made a "generous" offer and "cannot offer any more."
- A strike is unprecedented in the 28 years the union has represented GO workers, who have been without a contract since June 1.