There will be no citywide lockout this weekend.
Deputy mayor Doug Holyday made that pledge on Monday, allaying fears that the city will lock out workers as soon as a provincial bargaining deadline passes on Sunday.
“There won’t be a lockout,” said Mr. Holyday, the chair of the city’s labour relations committee. “It has never been our intention to lock anyone out.”
Last Friday, members of Mayor Rob Ford’s team would not commit to continuing negotiations with CUPE Local 416 past the Feb. 5 date set by the province, sparking concerns that arenas and other city facilities would face disruptions as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Holyday did not rule out a possible lockout beyond Feb. 5, but suggested the city would only take the measure if provoked.
Negotiations continued on Monday evening between the city and Local 416, which represents more than 6,000 garbage collectors, paramedics and other outside workers.
Local president Mark Ferguson said on Monday evening the progress of negotiations lead him to question Mr. Holyday’s claim.