Overtime ban begins at ICBC

LRB rules insurer bargaining in bad faith, must talk wages

Unionized ICBC workers have begun an overtime ban as part of job action aimed at spurring the auto insurer to give ground in contract talks.

The ban began July 6 and follows a Labour Relations Board ruling that found ICBC was bargaining in bad faith by refusing to discuss wages and benefits until a provincial review of the corporation concludes.

The two sides are expected to resume negotiations later this month.

COPE 378 issued 72-hour strike notice in June but union leaders indicated they would ramp up job action very slowly, in an effort to pressure the government without affecting drivers.