“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.
Union asks Labour Relations Board to rule lockout illegal.
More government worksites struck to bring pressure on government to negotiate a new collective agreement.
Health workers looking for more movement from employers when bargaining resumes.
The union chose to conduct strike action at these work sites to back demands for a fair and reasonable agreement with the B.C. Government and to support BCGEU/NUPGE members’ wage proposal.
This will be the second job action this summer in support of proposals for a new contract with the B.C. Government.