GO Transit users should plan accordingly this week as roughly 2,200 unionized transit workers go on strike, leaving GO Bus service completely suspended until further notice.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587 released a statement over the weekend explaining that a failure to reach an agreeable deal with Ontario transit agency Metrolinx has resulted in this strike action.
“Metrolinx continues to refuse to address safety concerns by ensuring that experienced and highly trained workers remain on the job, and continues to refuse to budge on language that would protect GO Transit jobs from being contracted out,” reads a statement from ATU Local 1587.
⚠️ Due to an ongoing labour dispute, as of Nov. 7, there will be no GO Bus service but GO trains will continue to operate.
We encourage GO bus customers to plan other travel options, including taking GO train service, local transit, etc.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) November 7, 2022
A strike deadline had originally been set for October 31st, but it was moved to give workers the space to vote on Metrolinx’s most recent offer. 81 per cent of workers voted to reject it.
This strike comes mere days after members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) also walked off the job.
While GO buses are currently out of operation, commuters will be able to use the GO Trains as regularly scheduled.
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