“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
Liquor Store Workers
“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, MGEU President.
"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.
More government worksites struck to bring pressure on government to negotiate a new collective agreement.
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.
Over 25,000 people have signed the petition asking for the LBD to remain public. Opposition to the privatization is broad-based and includes the media, brewers, distillers, bar and restaurant owners, local government and the general public.
Aim of job action to pressure government for a decent contract settlement.
“The numbers are staggering,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “From 2003 to 2007 alone, the LCBO permitted close to $1 billion in retail alcohol sales to be sold through private agency stores."
Negotiations and mediation fail to reach collective agreement for B.C. government workers.