A LifeLabs laboratory technologist demonstrates one of the measurements taken when a sample is tested for COVID-19 at the company’s laboratory in Surrey, British Columbia
The union representing some workers at LifeLabs, the largest provider of medical laboratory services in British Columbia, says its members plan to take action for the work.
The British Columbia General Employees Union said a rally was scheduled for Saturday outside a LifeLabs in Burnaby, as workers plan to refuse voluntary overtime and work to govern, starting Friday night.
The action for employment covers the 94 LifeLabs sites where the union represents workers.
LifeLabs says on its website that it has been designated as an essential service by the BC Labor Relations Board, but expects its work to be disrupted.
Workers have been without a contract since April, and the union says wages are the main issue, although LifeLabs says on its website that an agreement was reached on key monetary arrangements before the union rejected its latest offer.
The union says its members will set up picket lines if a suitable contract has not been reached by November 1.