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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. 


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