District of Kitimat prepares for possible strike on Saturday

Recreation facilities are already closing down in preparation for a potential strike by Unifor 2300.

CORRECTION: An earlier posting of this story indicated the Riverlodge was closed right now. The Riverlodge is actually expected to close Saturday at 10 a.m.

The District of Kitimat is already set to work shutting down their recreation facilities.

The District needed to get the process going just in case Unifor 2300 employees do in fact leave their jobs on Saturday at 11:55 a.m., which is when the union would be in a legal position to strike after serving notice Wednesday.

As of 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex, which includes the swimming pool and the ice rink across the courtyard, closed down. The Riverlodge is also scheduled to close at 10 a.m. Saturday.

If a strike does take place residential garbage collection will still continue, but the District notes that building inspections will not take place.

Emergency services do remain in operation.

Last week an essential services hearing also outlined what work must take place during snow storms, for instance.

The town says they’ve been told by the union they will not walk off the job if negotiations continue and progress is made.