Support staff at BCIT give strong strike mandate | National Union of Public and General Employees

Support staff at BCIT give strong strike mandate

Members demonstrate demand for an equitable settlement by voting 89% in favour of strike action.

Vancouver (26 Oct. 2012) - The bargaining committee for support staff with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have been repeatedly frustrated in negotiations by an employer with no mandate to bargain.

The bargaining committee, members of the British Columbia Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), presented BCIT's Employer Committee with a fair and reasonable settlement proposal that mirrored the province's Master Agreement settlement.

The Employer responded by saying that it did not have a mandate to bargain. In response the bargaining committee decided to ask the membership for a strike mandate as a way to demonstrate that BCIT Support members will not settle for zeros anymore.

The members demonstrated its resolve for an equitable settlement, voting 89% in favour of strike action to back the Committee.

“BCIT Support staff have given their bargaining committee the strong strike mandate it needs. That should send a clear message to the employer. You are prepared to stand up for a fair and reasonable settlement,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.

No strike activity is planned at this time.

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