Veolia strike continues as talks break off

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The week-long strike by Viva bus drivers in York
Region will continue after talks this afternoon to resolve the dispute proved
    ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear said that Veolia Transportation would
not move from the offer that was rejected by the members last Wednesday.
    "The company conveyed to us that their position remained the same,"
Kinnear said.
    "The strike will go on and picketing will continue under the protocol
negotiated with York Region officials yesterday."
    "We want a settlement but if there is no movement that will be difficult
to achieve."
    There are no more meetings scheduled at this time but Kinnear said the
union would respond to any meeting requests from either the company or the
provincial mediator from the Ministry of Labour.
    The main issues in the dispute are sick days, wages and more consistent
hours of work.
    The union will be making no further statement on the Veolia strike until
after the membership has been fully consulted.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Reno, (416) 223-7366

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