Job Action escalates at Argo Road Maintenance

June 11, 2007

Highways maintenance workers employed by Argo Road Maintenance (North Okanagan) who are members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) began full scale job action today.

The BCGEU represents 115 employees at Argo in the north Okanagan. They maintain over 4,400 kilometres of roads and highways in the area.

On May 28 the union began a series of rotating strikes.

Today all workers are off the job and will remain off the job until a new collective agreement is reached.

"Our negotiators remain ready to go back to the bargaining table," said George Heyman, BCGEU President. "However, there is a large gap between what our members are looking for, and what Argo is offering when it comes to wages, benefits and the length of the next agreement."

The union has negotiated essential service levels and will respond to any emergencies.

"We are committed to maintaining essential services and making sure the traveling public is safe, but non-essential services are starting to pile up," Heyman said.

More than 400 highways workers are off the job in Nicola-Merritt, southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, the Prince George area and the north Okanagan. Combined they maintain almost 14,000 kilometres of roads and highways.