Thursday, September 6, 2012
ISO A 'Fair Deal'
Unions show solidarity with limited strike action Wednesday
BCGEU members take part in job action in Chilliwack at Vedder and Yale Wednesday.
ome members of the 25,000-strong BC Government Employees Union walked off the job Wednesday in order to put pressure on the government to come up with what they say is a 'fair deal'. Union leaders want any new deal to be at least on par with inflation.
The following statement was issued by the BCGEU on Wednesday:
B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) members who work directly for the B.C. Government across the province are taking strike action today, Wednesday, September 5.
Approximately 25,000 BCGEU members are striking in 153 communities and at more than 700 government worksites across B.C. The strike will last one day.
“We are looking for a fair and reasonable agreement, but the government is not listening. We have no choice but to send a clear message to government: there can be no more falling behind for all government workers.” said 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.”
Since 2010, B.C. government workers have suffered a real wage cut of five percent. The government’s last offer, which has been withdrawn, would see pay cheques fall further behind inflation.
“Through the summer, the BCGEU organized three rotating strikes across the province. The government didn’t listen. That’s why we’re on the picket line again,” Walker said.
Essential service levels are guaranteed so the health, safety and welfare of British Columbians will not be impacted by the job action.
Members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 are also striking today. The PEA represents over 1,200 licensed professionals employed directly in BC's public service. COPE 378 represents about 4,600 workers at the Insurance Corporation of BC, a crown corporation.
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