The District of Kitimat could be in for a long labour dispute with its unionized workers.
Unifor Local 2300, whose members started strike action Saturday afternoon, says it will not abandon the concerns that have been put forward by its membership.
Union Business Agent Martin McIlwrath says while wages are an issue, there are many others that need to be resolved, including health and safety, training, and a harassment-free workplace.
McIlwrath accuses the District of Kitimat of bargaining in the media through news releases rather than sitting down at the table.
The District of Kitimat says it remains committed to reaching an agreement with Unifor Local 2300 but says the union’s current demands would result in a 12 per cent property tax hike. The union calls that propaganda.