VIA Rail: Union delays strike until 4 p.m.

VIA Rail: Union delays strike until 4 p.m.

UPDATE DAY

In the hope of reaching an agreement, the VIA Rail employees' union announced the postponement of the start of the strike until 4 p.m., while the walkout was initially scheduled for Monday at midnight.  

The Unifor-affiliated union, representing some 2,400 employees, filed a 72-hour strike notice on Thursday, in a bid to give the public ample time to take other travel arrangements. 

“Our bargaining committees have been unwavering in their pursuit of an agreement that respects and values ​​their work,” said Lana Payne, National Secretary-Treasurer in a statement. of Unifor, adding: “We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached”.

For its part, VIA Rail, which took note of the postponement of the suspension of services, assures that negotiations were continuing with the union of employees working in its stations, maintenance centres, VIA Customer Center and administrative offices. 

“VIA Rail remains committed to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement,” said said Martin R Landry, President and CEO, adding that the rail carrier e offers its customers the possibility of modifying their travel plans for departures scheduled before July 31.