BCGEU/NUPGE cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks.
"It's outrageous that our members and other workers are being assaulted on a weekly basis at the Forensic hospital and the employer is doing nothing about it." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Workers are being assaulted while treating patients without risk assessments being done, with inadequate security protection. One could make the case that the employer is complicit in these attacks on hospital staff." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"After 16 years of cuts and wage restraint leading the sector into crisis, this agreement with a government that wants to put people first provides a foundation to build on." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The alleged incidents range in seriousness from failing to comply with regulations around ID'ing patrons to failing to identify what would normally be flagged as suspicious behaviour possibly related to money-laundering.
"After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.
Casino workers deserve adequate employment protection, security and training to identify and report suspicious activities. They also need the recommendations in the Dirty Money report that impact their work to be implemented.
"Our newest members care deeply about the children, families and community they serve." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on June 29.