Government workers picket outside the resource building in Williams Lake this morning.

Government workers picket outside the resource building in Williams Lake this morning.

Government workers hit the picket line in Williams Lake

Government workers are on the picket line today in Williams Lake.

  • Sep. 5, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Government workers are on the picket line today in Williams Lake.

Around 118 BC Government Employee Union (BCGEU) members, not including essential services, are walking around the government building on Borland Street and at the Government Liquor Store with placards, joined by another 40 members of the Professional Employees Association (PSA).

As picketers are walking the streets, many motorists are honking and waving as they drive by.

James Moe of the BCGEU says the building on Borland Street is not closed to the public, and people needing services inside, such as probation, can access the building.

“We are not picketing courthouses either,” Moe says.

Harry Jennings, a member of the PSA, says the purpose of the one-day strike is to demonstrate to the public the union’s interest in a fair wage and professional management of B.C.’s resources.

It’s the first time in more than 20 years that the government of B.C. is behind picket lines.

More than 27,000 government and ICBC workers are on strike today, impacting 1,785 government work sites in 153 B.C. communities.

Williams Lake Tribune