VANCOUVER - Commuters who rely on a busy pedestrian ferry connecting Vancouver to the North Shore are enjoying a reprieve from cancellations.

For the first time since Metro Vancouver transit workers launched job action eight days ago, there are no cancelled SeaBus sailings scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.

About 5,000 transit drivers, SeaBus operators and maintenance staff began limited action on Nov. 1, including a ban on overtime by maintenance workers.

The ban had an almost immediate effect on SeaBus service, resulting in daily cancellations until this weekend.

The job action reached bus service on Friday as reductions and cancellations hit 25 of Metro Vancouver's busiest routes.

No talks have been held since negotiations collapsed on Oct. 31, but Premier John Horgan has warned that a long dispute won't be tolerated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 9, 2019.

(The Canadian Press, News1130)

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