No SeaBus sailing cancellations on Sunday amidst transit strike

Nov 9 2019, 8:10 pm

TransLink has confirmed that SeaBus sailing cancellations are not required on Sunday, the 10th day of the labour action of Metro Vancouver bus and SeaBus workers.

There were also no sailing cancellations on Saturday.

This follows the significant service disruptions over the past week, when as many as 20 sailings were cancelled in a single day.

On Friday, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) resorted to operating a shuttle bus bridge service between Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver to help make up for the lost capacity from the cancelled sailings.

All ferry sailings must be manned by an engineer, which is frequently achieved through overtime hours. But the union, in its first stage of labour action, has banned overtime maintenance hours for both bus and ferry skilled trade workers.

During the latter portion of the work week, dozens of bus trips were also cancelled. These disruptions to bus services are expected to escalate over the coming week.

CMBC and Unifor have not returned to the bargaining table since October 31 after talks collapsed.