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More BC Public sector workers threaten to strike as BCGEU employment measures continue

The Professional Employees Association, representing 1,200 licensed professionals, includes agronomists, engineers, foresters, geoscientists, pharmacists, psychologists, veterinarians, and others. , said it was prepared to join the BCGEU's targeted strike. It started on Monday.

Strikers are seen in downtown Vancouver during a strike of more than 27,000 British Columbia government workers on September 5, 2012. The union representing about 33,000 staff in the B.C. Public Service Agency has issued a strike notice to the government employer.
In downtown Vancouver during a strike by over 27,000 British troops The striker seen Sept. 5, 2012 by a Colombian government official. The Civil Service has issued strike notices to government employers. Photo Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD /The Canadian Press

About 400,000 public sector workers A strike by the BCGEU could have a domino effect as unions demand inflation-friendly salaries, according to this year's experts negotiating with the government over wages.

The Professional Workers' Association said on the picket line that the union representing government-sanctioned professionals issued his 72-hour strike notice at noon Wednesday. Suggested joining the State General Workers Union.

A union representing his 1,200 professionals, including agronomists, engineers, foresters, geoscientists, pharmacists, psychologists and veterinarians, targeted his BCGEU, which began Monday. He said he was encouraged by the strike.

"BCGEU is leading the way in setting up pickets at liquor distribution plants," said Melissa Moroz, industrial relations officer at the Professional Workers' Association. She said, "We will continue to build that momentum and escalate work action." did not provide details of

Victoria on 17 August 2022. The union said she began negotiations with the Civil Service on April 11 and stalled on May 16. Union members voted 92% of her in favor of her June strike.

The union wants him to raise his wages by 5 percent every three years, or adjust the cost of living, whichever is greater, he said.

"We don't join labor unions to lower the cost of living," she said.

According to Moroz, professional workers are rebuilding bridges and roads, monitoring BC's forests and agriculture, and providing care to vulnerable youth. Under the Labor Relations Act, essential workers such as pharmacists and psychiatrists cannot go on strike, she said.

Her BCGEU, representing 33,000 state government employees, launched her three campaigns of targeted strikes, 950 liquor distributions, and wholesaler pickets. It's the day. That means no liquor or cannabis products are distributed in her BC. A company that has plagued the hospitality industry.

About 50 people from 10 different unions pickedeted in front of the Liquor Distribution Branch's Victoria Wholesale Customer Center on Wednesday.

Since BCGEU President Stephanie Smith was the first to walk out the gate to start negotiations, waving at passing cars, the BCGEU's actions have helped others fight for better wages. He said he had set the tone for the union.

"We may be the first dominoes," she said. Ball is now in government court, but "the silence was deafening."

The BCGEU negotiating team rejected the Public Service Office's recent offer of a 10.99 percent pay increase and a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for her over three years. The employee also receives a $2,500 signing bonus.

The Treasury Department stated that cost of living adjustments "will vary somewhat across the public sector depending on the average hourly wage of each bargaining unit, because the mandate provides additional lift for minimum wage workers. It was hit hardest during periods of high inflation.”

Unions want inflation-linked wages.

Labor specialist At home, Mark Thompson, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia's Souder School of Business, said the threat of a strike by the Professional Employers' Association put pressure on the government to provide compensation that could address labor issues. He said it was clear that it was at stake. Rising cost of living.

BCGEU is trying to meet contracts awarded to his Sea to Sky bus drivers in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, Thompson said. In five years he received a 5% plus contract bonus and cost of living clause.

The trade union Unifor hailed a "groundbreaking" adjustment recommended by special mediator Vince Ready to pay workers extra fees if inflation outweighs their pay raises.

"Which union would say to a member, 'Let him settle for 3.5% for three years,' when inflation hits 7%," Thompson asked? rice field. “They put them on the rails and drove them out of town.

The hospital workers' union, representing more than 50,000 health workers, is in solidarity with the BCGEU, "despite strong momentum at the negotiating table." He said he would suspend negotiations.

The Ministry of Finance did not provide details on what costs his 10.99% wage increase would cost taxpayers over his three years presented to the BCGEU.

But the wages of his 400,000 public sector employees in the state he says are $38.6 billion, or more than half the state's budget. A 1% increase in all unionized employees across the public sector would cost him about $311 million a year, according to the Treasury Department.

kderosa@postmedia.com

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