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Parks workers may intensify strike

If Parks Canada doesn't come back to the bargaining table this week, striking members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada are threatening to ruin the Labour Day weekend for a lot of people.

If Parks Canada doesn't come back to the bargaining table this week, striking members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada are threatening to ruin the Labour Day weekend for a lot of people.

PSAC spokesperson Robyn Benson says so far, members have not impeded the public from visiting historic sites or parks. She warns that will change this week if there's no movement in the dispute.

Benson and other PSAC members are camped outside the Winnipeg office of Treasury Board President Reg Alcock. She says Alcock is the man who controls the purse strings and is the key to bringing the strike to an end.

"We want to know where Mr. Alcock is. He certainly has the authority to send the negotiating team back to the bargaining table and we'd like him to quit abdicating his job. He is certainly abdicating his responsibility and it's time that negotiations were underway."

Benson says PSAC members who work in other areas of government will soon be in a legal strike position and may join Parks Canada members on the picket line.

PSAC is looking for improvements to wages, benefits and job security. The strike is more than two weeks old.