ICBC’s Vernon office will be behind picket lines

Claims centre staff take job action to push corporation on contract issues

ICBC workers in Vernon are walking off the job.

Staff at 55 claims-related Insurance Corporation of B.C. locations across the province will strike  Tuesday.

“These are employees who have been without a contract for over two years,” said David Black, Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union local president.

“Their wages are falling behind while ICBC executives and business partners got massive salary increases and $1.2 billion of ICBC profits went into government revenues.”

Black said the strike is part of an escalating strategy aimed at getting ICBC back to the table.

“ICBC’s last offer was a two per cent wage increase over a four year contract, far below the rising cost of living.”