Members demonstrate demand for an equitable settlement by voting 89% in favour of strike action.
“It is time for government and health employers to engage in meaningful bargaining” - BCGEU/NUPGE President Darryl Walker.
Members will be conducting strategically targeted strike action on specific days in specific communities around B.C.
Hospital, nursing home and diagnostic treatment centre and emergency health workers who play a vital role in ensuring the health British Columbians resume negotiations for a fair deal.
"The HSPBA believes it is possible to get to a deal that does not erode benefits, and will take that message to the table,” said Jeanne Meyers, HSABA lead negotiator.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is encouraging Canadians to take the opportunity on World Mental Health Day to learn more about mental illness, as well as ways to promote positive mental health.
"Everyone has the right to a safe workplace and that includes the men and women who work in our correctional centres.” - Component Chairperson, Dean Purdy.
"Austerity measures will exacerbate the economic challenges we face and create undue hardship on many of our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Walker.
Because of the government's fiscal mandate, monetary items such as wages, benefits and employment security that were prioritized by the membership, remain outstanding.
“Credit for this agreement also goes to our members who backed the bargaining committee with a strike vote and strike action. We could not have achieved this collective agreement without them,” said Walker. UPDATED