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Prince George city workers set to strike

12/11/2013 10:36 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST
People in Prince George, B.C., are still waiting to find out what city services could be shut down by a possible strike that could begin as early as Thursday.         

On Monday, the union representing city workers issued a 72-hour strike notice, in what has become a bitter dispute between the city and the union. After five days of talks the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on what is considered an essential service.

Now CUPE spokesman Gary Campbell says the union is poised to walk out on the job, leaving city services like snow clearing and water treatment in limbo.

"Right now, it's to show them that we're serious. You know, enough is enough. We don't feel that the employer has been taking us seriously. They keep walking away from the table."

Meanwhile, city administration sent out a press release yesterday evening, claiming to "set the record straight."

It says the city is willing to continue bargaining and it points out there have been several occasions where the union has not been willing to meet.

The city says it referred a decision on essential services to the Labour Relations Board because so little progress was made during talks with the union.

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