An ongoing bus strike will ramp up Friday if labour talks don’t advance on Wednesday.

Transit workers in the Lower Mainland initiated job action on Nov. 1, prompting some delays on Seabus sailings.

Unifor announced Tuesday it was heading back to the table Wednesday, but if significant progress isn’t made, job action will increase on Friday.

Unifor lead negotiator Gavin McGarrigle said in a news conference Tuesday that bus drivers would refuse to accept any overtime shifts by Friday.

We’ll see if the company is serious about achieving a resolution to this dispute, and if so, bargaining can be wrapped up in a matter of hours,” McGarrigle said.

A full overtime ban on Friday could affect 15 per cent of the bus routes across the region.

Premier John Horgan has said that the province won’t intervene, but also noted that he won’t tolerate a protracted job action as there was in 2001.

Any escalation in job action hinges on how talks go Wednesday.

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