Striking Parks Canada workers plan to target cruise-ship passengers and tour operators beginning Saturday (Sept. 11), if talks don’t resume this week, according to The Halifax Herald Limited.
Throughout August the 4,800 employees, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PDAC), focused many of their rotating strikes on the campground areas and national parks most used during the summer.
But with fall approaching and no end in sight to the 25-day-old strike, the union is shifting tactics, spokesman Ed Kennedy said.
“The only way we can keep on applying pressure on the parks is to look at who utilizes those historic sites in the fall, and that primarily is the cruise ship industry,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy warned that if the agency doesn’t return to the negotiating table by Friday, disembarking cruise-ship passengers will be met by Parks Canada workers asking them not to visit national historic sites.
He said any tour groups visiting the sites would have to push their way through picket lines to get in.
Wages, benefits and job security are the main issues in the strike. The workers have been without a contract since August.
While PDAC mapped out its new strategy, 25,000 employees at the Canada Revenue Agency also were breaking out the picket signs today (Sept. 8) after efforts to reach a new agreement failed.