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VANCOUVER Emergency dispatchers have rejected the final offer from E-Comm, the Lower Mainlands troubled emergency call centre, and will continue their year-old strike.

The offer was rejected by 145 votes to none with two spoiled ballots.

This rejection sends a strong message to the employer, said Local 873 spokesperson Meena Cheema. The vote results speak volumes about the instability of E-Comm.

The employer has had 18 months to resolve this dispute, Cheema added. Now we invite E-Comm to join forces with CUPE and call on the government to appoint an industrial inquiry commission.

The strike began on Sept. 17, 2000. The emergency dispatchers have been without a collective agreement for more than 600 days.

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Contact: Meena Cheema, CUPE Local 873 spokesperson, 604-722-4611.