EDITORIAL: Labour unrest on the horizon

So things might be all signed off to avoid a strike at Vancouver Island University this fall.

But whispers around the province are giving off hints we may be in line for some of the more interesting times we’ve seen on the labour front since Gordon Campbell was trying to beat a decade of NDP policy out of B.C. nearly a decade ago.

And that’s not even counting the rough waters for the postal service – which is a federal, not provincial, contract.

In fact, with the rumblings among the teachers, nurses and the BCGEU in recent weeks, we may be seeing one of the early battle lines drawn for the expected fall provincial election.

Under Adrian Dix, the NDP is sure to paint labour unrest as a sign of the neglect the Liberals have shown the public service in the past 10 years. They will offer themselves as the reasonable remedy for rebuilding that service and preventative medicine for a protracted labour battle they will say is inevitable if the Christy Clark Liberals are returned.

The Liberals, of course, will paint an entirely different picture.

They will seek to portray themselves as the guardians of the public purse from an opponent bent on handing control of the province to the unions. And somewhere in all the rhetoric, the tired clichés about the ’90s being a decade of darkness will resurface.

And any dreams of a B.C. election fought on issues other than business versus labour will again be put off for another day.

Few would argue the province’s social services shrunk in the hands of Gordon Campbell. Many think it’s time for the pendulum to swing the other way, though there may be debate on how far.

The question that might decide the next provincial election is – who best to do the swinging?

– Cowichan NewsLeader

Just Posted

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

Save-On-Foods donates to summer kids’ program in Port Alberni

Food bank takes over from breakfast programs once summer vacation starts

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires

B.C. VIEWS: Unions regain control of public construction

B.C.’s 40-year battle swings back to international big labour

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Most Read