Settle strike quickly, says Port council

  • Oct. 3, 2007 10:00 a.m.

Port Clements council is urging the Steelworkers union and the logging companies to settle their labour dispute as quickly as possible, saying the strike is having a devastating impact on the village’s residents. Council members said they have no position on how the strike should be resolved, but want to make a statement about Port’s situation. They voted Monday night (Oct. 1) to write a letter to both the union and the companies. The forest workers have been on strike since July 21. Mayor Cory Delves said several provincial government ministers spoke about the strike when he was in Vancouver last week for the Union of BC Municipalities conference. “We heard from four different ministers on the strike and none of them had very rosy comments,” he said. Mr. Delves and councillor Urs Thomas said some residents have already left Port to find work off-island. Once people leave and find a good job somewhere else, it’s possible they won’t return, they said.

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