By Goat Staff

CN Rail workers who inspect and maintain signals and crossings are on strike across Canada, as they petition for better wages and benefits, including a dozen workers in the Robson and Canoe Valleys.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) say they have walked off the job to fight for better wages and benefits.

Some 750 rail signal and communication workers across Canada have been on strike since June 18th.

Workers in the union are responsible for maintaining rail crossings, making sure switches work properly and inspecting trains at wayside stations.

A worker who spoke to the Goat on condition of anonymity stated he was concerned about rail safety during the strike, but when asked about coverage during the strike, CN replied that “CN’s operational contingency plan uses as many managers and contractors as required to maintain safe and normal levels.”