01/08/2015 07:48 EST | Updated 03/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Canada Line workers say OK to a strike

In a nearly unanimous vote,150 Canada Line workers have made it clear they're ready to strike, if necessary, for a new collective agreement with their employer. 

“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement,” said BCGEU treasurer Paul Finch.

The workers include station attendants, line attendants, control room operators and administration staff.

Mediation in the dispute is scheduled to begin on Jan. 19.  

“We are committed to meaningful negotiations with the help of a mediator later this month. However, if mediation fails we are prepared to increase pressure to negotiate an agreement," said Finch. 

The Canada Line is owned by SNC-Lavalin and privately operated by Protrans BC. 

The last collective agreement expired more than a year ago.