Vaccine policies, higher than expected retirements and difficulty recruiting internationally because of the pandemic have all contributed to BC Ferries’ staffing challenges.
“The cost of staff is very expensive. We debate things here for a couple of thousand dollars. Adding senior staff or union staff will cost us anywhere from $75,000–100,000 and we don’t even have to discuss it,” Westbroek said during council’s Oct. 6 regular meeting.
“We are seeing operational impacts. We simply cannot keep up to our even day-to-day items at the moment. I don’t believe the workload pressures are sustainable,” Keeva Kehler said in her report to council during its July 5 meeting.

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