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Talks between GO Transit bus drivers, Metrolinx, moving slowly: union

Contract negotiations between GO Transit bus drivers and Metrolinx are continuing, but they’re moving slowly, the Amalgamated Transit Union said.

More than 1,500 GO workers were set to walk off the job on Monday, but after talks resumed last week, the strike was called off.

Now, the ATU can’t set a strike deadline, because Metrolinx has applied to the Ontario Labour Board to declare some workers essential during a walkout.

Setting any strike deadline will have to wait until the essential-workers issue is dealt with.

Ticket sellers, coach technicians, and other workers could be affected by the negotiations. GO trains are not affected.

The union says the company’s proposed two-year wage freeze, along with working conditions and benefits that include two-tiered pensions, are key issues.

With files from The Canadian Press