Parks strike continues

  • Aug. 20, 2004 1:00 p.m.

Unionized Gwaii Haanas employees continue to strike, but it doesn’t seem to be having much impact on visitors to the park.
The biggest impact on park services so far is the cancellation of morning orientation sessions, said Ernie Gladstone, superintedent. However, orientation is still available at two other times of the day. Tour operators working in the park have not been affected by the strike, he said. At some parks, employees are refusing to collect money, but in Gwaii Haanas third parties, like charter operators, collect most of the fees said Mr. Gladstone, so Gwaii Haanas revenue will likely not be affected by the strike.
Monday, employees picketed the Visitor Information Centres, federal dock and Gwaii Haanas offices in a general strike. Since then, six employees at a time have been off work in a rotating strike, with information pickets appearing in a variety of places, said Mr. Gladstone.
“It’s been a difficult time for everyone,” he said, “The relationship between management and staff at Gwaii Haanas has been respectful,” and he thanked local union leaders and employees for this.