After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

PNE workers vote to strike

PNE Playland workers have voted 92 per cent to strike, local CUPE 1004 announced.

According to its website, the employer walked away from collective bargaining on August 19. Workers include ushers, ride operators, cleaners and concession attendants.

"The strike could affect any of the events on site," said Steve Varty. "There's a Giants game, a Whitecaps game, Fright Nights coming up, and concerts. That's what we could disrupt."

He said that the workers decided not to strike during the PNE didn't strike during the fair because we didn't want to disrupt the event. 

Key issues according to CUPE include low wages and the use of contract workers, as well as pay equity and job security. While PNE could not be reached for comment, some employees have commented about the strike on the CUPE 1004 Facebook page.

"I've been a PNE employee for over four years now, and from my time and dedication to such a great company to work for many years," wrote one employee. "I really think PNE management should really listen to what we all have to say...the ride operators should be making alot more then $10 dollars an hour."

"We're trying to help people at the bottom end get a bit more, because it's minimum wage," said Varty. 

More in News

Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?

I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq.   His story begins on a desert road where a...

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.