Union leader worries about future of B.C. Rail

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Privatizing all or part of B.C. Rail will result in heavy layoffs, predicts the leader of the union representing the railway.

Bob Sharpe, chair of the Council of Trade unions for B.C. Rail, recently told local media he wasn’t allowed to attend the Northern Transportation Conference, which involved discussion about allowing private companies to buy into B.C. Rail.

At that presentation, transportation economist Mike Tretheway indicated privatization will result in job cuts at B.C. Rail.

Because he wasn’t allowed to attend the meeting, Sharpe says the government has a hidden agenda.

“I think the government is controlling the process,” he tells local media. “It has nothing to do really with B.C. Rail.”

The B.C. government is expected to make a decision concerning the future of B.C. Rail within the next few months.

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