“Spending reductions will put added pressure on public services like social workers and child protection,” said Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
As two sides meet the government raises specter of debt and deficit reduction.
Vancouver (18 Sept. 2012) - Bargaining for a new Health Science Professionals’ Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement resumed this week against the backdrop of a pessimistic pronouncement by B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Mike de Jong, about the state of the province’s finances.
BCGEU/NUPGE members achieve wage increases and other improvements in contract settlement.
"The government wants to extend the two-year wage freeze and won't make an offer to keep up with inflation. So we’re stepping things up with an overtime ban.” - BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“We’ve not taken the decision to strike lightly. Our last strike in direct government was more than 20 years ago.”- Darryl Walker, BCGEU President on the one-day strike.
“We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members.” - Jeanne Meyers, HSPBA negotiator.
“We are looking for a fair and reasonable agreement, but the government is not listening." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Community Health Service and Support workers have not had a wage increase since 2009. They are paid less than acute care workers with the same duties.
The primary issues identified by members are wages, benefits, sick leave and reimbursable expenses.
Strike vote was taken over two days, August 20 and 21, 2012, after the employer served 72 hour lockout notice to the union.