Canadian border officers have planned to rally at the Peace Arch border Thursday morning. (File photo)

Canadian border officers have planned to rally at the Peace Arch border Thursday morning. (File photo)

Border officers to rally at Peace Arch crossing

‘No desire to inconvenience the public’

Border Services Officers are gearing up to rally at the Peace Arch crossing Thursday, “in support of ongoing national bargaining efforts toward a new collective agreement.”

According to a news release issued by the Public Service Alliance of Canada Wednesday afternoon, the demonstration follows the launch of a coast-to-coast campaign by PSAC and the Customs and Immigration Union “to remind Canadians that Border Service Officers keep the country’s borders safe and that they deserve to be treated as law enforcement officers by the government.”

More than 8,000 BSOs have been without a contract since June 2014, according to the release.

Thursday’s rally is set to get underway at 11 a.m., just north of the border, at Highway 99 and Beach Road.

There was no indication in the release as to how travellers may be affected, however, PSAC political communications officer Patrick Bragg told Peace Arch News by email that there would be no impact to traffic.

“Workers are rallying to raise awareness and have no desire to inconvenience the public,” Bragg said.