FortisBC electrical workers will start returning to work on Friday.
A long labour dispute was resolved Monday when the company and union representing the workers agreed to go to binding arbitration to resolve their differences.
The company announced the settlement in a news release Monday afternoon.
"FortisBC employees will return to work beginning Friday â€¦ under the terms of the expired collective agreement," said the Fortis release. "The Binding Interest Arbitration Process will begin at a later date, with the outcome resulting in a new collective agreement."
According to the company, a neutral third party will be chosen to resolve outstanding issues between the company and union. The company said it proposed binding arbitration on Dec. 6. The union followed with a counter-proposal, which led to discussions and the
final agreement on Monday.
In an email to his members, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, local 213 assistant business manager Rod Russell, said the return to work will take place gradually over the next 10 days.
"As we return to work, we want to ensure we do so with the same pride and integrity we have shown throughout the dispute," he wrote. "We are professionals and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Emotions must be checked as all parties involved begin the transition back to work for the benefit of the customers. We must begin the process of building productive working relationships on both sides â€¦ you should all hold your heads high and be proud of yourselves."
The 225 Fortis workers hit the picket lines on June 26 and later rejected a proposed settlement by mediator Vince Ready. Union members say they were locked out, but the company said they went on strike.