District of Kitimat workers represented by Unifor have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action, although strike notice has not been served.
95 percent of the employees voted for strike action during a vote conducted Thursday night and Friday morning
Unifor Local 2300 Business Agent Martin McIlwrath says the union will now wait to find out what happens at an essential services hearing set for Monday in Vancouver.
Mcilwrath says the meeting will set out what services in the district will be deemed essential in the event of strike action.
He says workers do not want to put the community in harm’s way and representatives will try to meet with the district Friday afternoon.
While McIlwrath says the workers would like to avoid a labour dispute, he says there are a wide range of issues that must be dealt with. If they’re not, the union will serve strike notice.
The District of Kitimat sent out a news release earlier this week stating that the union’s operating financial proposals would result in a minimum 12 percent property tax hike.