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PSAC picketers block border

SURREY, B.C. -- A surprise protest at the Pacific Highway border crossing by striking Public Service Alliance of Ca...


SURREY, B.C. — A surprise protest at the Pacific Highway border crossing by striking Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) workers caused traffic backups of up to 20 minutes yesterday.

But observers say truckers were among the most understanding, many honking their horns in support of the picketers.

About 60 members PSAC were on hand for the protest, distributing leaflets and pumping drivers full of information about their plight. About 80,000 PSAC members are without a contract, and are seeking a five per cent pay hike each year over the next three years.

PSAC spokeswoman, Joanna Schultz, warns that more border blockades could be in the cards if contract talks continue to stall.

“This is a spontaneous outburst because the employer didn’t move at the table,” strike coordinator Regina Brennan tells the media.

Canada Customs officials kept a close eye on the protesters, but decided not to intervene.


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