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Union says bus drivers will be on the job Monday

So, far, the union representing bus drivers in the Cowichan Valley, including the Cowichan commuter bus to Victoria, says it will be business as usual Monday.

Stu Shields, of Unifor says even though drivers will be in a legal strike position on Monday they will be on the job.

Shields says the earliest the Union is planning to have the drivers walk off the job is Wednesday.

The Union gave their employer 72 hours strike notice Friday after talks broke off.

For its part, the employer says the riding public should make alternate arrangements for as early as Monday morning.

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The labour dispute is between BC Transit’s contractor, First Canada, and their unionized employees.

First Canada operates the fixed-route service in the Cowichan Valley and Ladysmith, as well as the commuter service connecting the Cowichan Valley and Victoria.

Any job action will not affect handyDART services in the Regional District, nor does it apply to local service in the Lake Cowichan area, specifically routes 20 and 21.

However, Route 7 connections between Lake Cowichan and Duncan would be subject to potential service disruptions.

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