A union representing welders at B.L.C.’s major oil and gas pipeline that has been shut down for months has been joined by thousands of other workers in a rally for a union-backed campaign.
The rally, held Tuesday at a gas station in the Vancouver suburb of Vancouver, attracted more than 150 workers who said they were ready to picket until they get a fair deal for the company’s workers.
The rally was held as the union’s campaign is calling for a ban on all new pipelines.
The company said it’s working to restore service to its pipeline.
In the meantime, the B.V. branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers said it will be conducting a survey to gauge how many workers were affected by the shutdown and how the union plans to approach the process.
The union has not officially announced a campaign pledge.
“This is a matter that is not just an issue of safety, it’s an issue that is an issue about the future of our workers,” said John Bevan, president of the union.
The union said it would have to negotiate with the company to get back into service.
The union also wants the province to take steps to allow more access to sick and injured workers to get care at local hospitals.
“We know that the province is working hard to ensure that all workers in this province have access to safe, reliable health care,” said Bevan.
On Monday, the province said it plans to impose a ban to ensure a fair compensation for affected workers.
It said it wants to address the safety concerns that have been raised by a small number of welders and their families.