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Updated: Snow clearing essential service in Prince George, unions set to picket on Saturday

A snowfall warning of up to 40 cm was issued for Prince George Wednesday as unions prepare for possible job action.

Snow clearing will be considered an "essential service" when city workers in Prince George begin taking job action this Saturday.

The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled on a number "essential services". The list includes snow clearing, solid waste spill response, water treatment, and police support.

Union spokesperson Gary Campbell says workers will begin picketing outside city buildings Saturday morning.

He also says the union is pushing for more service cuts, including reduced snow clearing.

Unions initially served 72-hour strike notice on Monday, but since essential services had yet to be decided, the notice was deemed invalid. The earliest workers could go on strike is now Saturday at 8 am.

The interim ruling also states that the unions would have to give 72-hour notice should they decide to picket the Civic Centre or city arenas, and that picketing cannot interfere with police or fire services. 

The city also has the power to call employees back to work in the case of an emergency. 

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