CP NewsAlert: B.C. public sector union says it's ending job action amid hope for deal

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BURNABY, B.C. — British Columbia's largest public-sector union says it is standing down from two weeks of limited job action as hopes rise for a deal with the government after the resumption of contract talks.

A statement from the B.C. General Employees' Union says its bargaining committee resumed discussions with the province's public service agency last Thursday and they've made "significant progress," with the hope of finalizing a tentative agreement.

The union, which represents about 33,000 public-service workers across the province, says a ban on overtime imposed last Monday has ended and preparations are underway to stand down picket lines at BC Liquor Distribution Branch locations.

The union began limited job action on Aug. 15, initiating picket lines outside distribution centres in Delta, Richmond and Kamloops along with the wholesale customer centre in Victoria, prompting the province to ration the quantity of certain alcohol products that consumers could purchase in a single transaction.

More to come.

The Canadian Press