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After seeing a leaflet yesterday from Dunbar Theatre to theatre-goers and local residents offering to take garbage from nearby residents free of charge, approximately 20 CUPE picketers arrived last night at the Dunbar Theatre’s doors to encourage the theatre owner and managers to stop collecting and disposing of residential garbage - an action which actually has the effect of prolonging the strike.

Theatre President Ken Charko says they’ve now decided to rescind the offer, and in exchange, the union will take down its picket.

CUPE 1004 encourages private citizens to cope wisely (reuse, recycle and respect) with the loss of garbage services, but takes issue with private businesses doing work they ought to be doing. Coordinated action (not covered by essential services order) to replace the work of striking employees can be a violation of the BC Labour Code’s prohibition on the use of “replacement workers”.