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Metro Vancouver transit strike enters second day

More than 180 public transit workers have walked off the job in Metro Vancouver during a 48-hour strike. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
More than 180 public transit workers have walked off the job in Metro Vancouver during a 48-hour strike. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Metro Vancouver buses and the SeaBus will remain out of service on Tuesday as a strike by public transit workers enters its second day.

More than 180 workers with CUPE Local 4500 walked off the job early Monday morning as part of a 48-hour strike.

Union representatives have been calling for a new collective agreement, citing concerns over wage discrepancy between Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) transit supervisors and other supervisors in the transit system.

TransLink says none of the routes operated by CMBC are running during the job action, but regular service is expected to resume on Wednesday.

However, CUPE representative Liam O'Neill said Monday that the union is looking to further escalate job action.

Talks between the union and CMBC, conducted with the assistance of veteran labour mediator Vince Ready, have failed to produce a new collective agreement, according to O'Neill.

The SkyTrain, West Coast Express, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus, and community shuttles in Langley and Bowen Island are not affected by the strike.