In response, Unions representing health science professionals issue 72 hours strike notice. But no job action is being planned at this time.
Vancouver (26 Nov. 2012) - Bargaining for a new contract for B.C.’s health science professionals was to resume Thursday, November 22. This was to be the first meeting since members delivered a 90 per cent strike vote to support the bargaining committee’s proposals for a fair and reasonable collective agreement.
The employers’ bargaining agent, Health Employers’ Association of B.C. (HEABC), called the unions back and proposed two days of bargaining starting on Thursday. But the employer failed to make an appearance at the bargaining table.
At 5 o’clock Thursday, HEABC reported its bargaining committee couldn’t guarantee an appearance at the bargaining table until next Friday, November 30.
As a result of this, the unions representing health science professionals are issuing 72 hours strike notice. But no job action is being planned at this time.
“Our members have told us they’re prepared to take strike action to back their fair and reasonable proposals. The employer’s lack of respect for the bargaining process leaves us no alternative but to issue strike notice,” said B.C. Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) President Darryl Walker.
The unions that make up the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association plan to be back at the table for bargaining from December 3 to 7.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE