Premier Dalton McGuinty urged patience in the three-day-old civic workers’ strike, saying yesterday he, like many others, is being inconvenienced by the strike.

But he added it’s important both sides in the labour dispute get the opportunity to speak.

“So they’re not going to pick up my garbage this week, so it looks, at this point in time,” McGuinty said. “I will be inconvenienced as will many here in the City of Toronto, but I think it’s important that we hold our fire and allow the two sides to do what needs doing.”

The good news, McGuinty said, is that both sides are at the negotiating table.