Community social services to escalate strike action at end of January

Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities, says CSSBA, a message that is certain to gain more attention as the province moves closer to an election in May.

Vancouver (18 Jan. 2013) — The B.C. Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is planning a strategic escalation of job action beginning later in January that will highlight the diversity and scope of community social services (CSS).

Examples of these services include community living services, women’s services, aboriginal services, family services, youth services and more.

Bargaining has not yet resumed and there are currently no plans to return to the table.

The actions will back CSSBA’s overarching demand that government commit to improved funding for community-based social services programs and a fair and reasonable wage increase for the workers who provide them.

Job action will continue to balance the needs of vulnerable clients with high essential services levels. Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities, says CSSBA, a message that is certain to gain more attention as the province moves closer to an election in May.

“We trust that we will reach a fair and reasonable deal in 2013,” says the multi-union bargaining association. “There has been some forward bargaining momentum in other sectors, including deals in health facilities, post secondary, and several crown corporations. Roughly half of B.C.’s public sector has now reached agreements that include wage increases.”

CSS workers conducted the largest job actions since rotating strikes began with more than 20 agencies on Vancouver Island on strike on October 10, 2012.

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