Striking GO Transit workers, Metrolinx to resume talks Thursday, union says

GO Transit workers, including bus operators and maintenance, safety and office staff, staged a protest outside Toronto's Union Station earlier this week. (Chris Mulligan/CBC - image credit)
GO Transit workers, including bus operators and maintenance, safety and office staff, staged a protest outside Toronto's Union Station earlier this week. (Chris Mulligan/CBC - image credit)

The union representing striking GO Transit workers says negotiations with their employer will resume tomorrow.

The Amalgamated Transit Union says Metrolinx first reached out with an offer for the two sides to meet on Friday to negotiate a contract for the 2,200 striking workers, including bus drivers, station attendants and fare inspectors.

But ATU Local 1587 president Rob Cormier says after the union pushed for an earlier date, Metrolinx agreed to meet Thursday.

The strike began Monday and has shut down regional bus service across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, causing headaches for thousands of commuters.

The union has accused Metrolinx of failing to table a written offer in last-minute weekend negotiations to address key issues, including commitments to prevent contracting out workers to outside companies and to end the practice of half-time pay for bus drivers on mid-shift layovers.

Metrolinx, a provincial government agency, says it did not have enough time to prepare a response to new issues the union raised before the strike began.

In a statement Wednesday, the agency said that on Sunday, ATU brought forward a number of proposals that hadn't been tabled previously. Metrolinx added it is working on a revised proposal to present Thursday.

"We are actively engaged at the bargaining table and we will continue to work with our ATU colleagues to reach a deal," the statement said.