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BC is under pressure. As public sector strikes drag on, government

States are under pressure to find a solution to strikes by unionized civil servants as other unions show their support.

Four days after the BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU) launched its labor action, he said that the leaders of the union of nurses, teachers and hospital employees have all joined the picket line. did.

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"This is not just public sector unions, it's the labor movement in general," he said. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith told Global News on Thursday.

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``People say 33,000 civil servants, BCGEU members, are just fighting for their wage protection. Instead, they are fighting for wage protection for all workers.”

Many BC public sector unions are currently out of agreement, We are asking the government to adjust the cost of living by about 5%.

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So far, the state has offered BCGEU a wage increase of about 11% over three years and a contract bonus of $2,500.

State official hopes deal with union, one of BC's largest unions, will start chain of dominoes to settle disputes with other public sectors I'm in.

The hospital employees union is currently suspending negotiations with the state, and nurses won't start negotiations until the fall. The

BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) is now on the table. Union president Clint Johnston said the state's latest offer fell well short of what teachers were asking for, but there was a move.

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They stand together, stand together, and support each other in pursuing what we believe is truly simple and just. increase. He spoke of his support for the BCGEU.

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"But the fact that both sides are still working and moving gives people a lot of hope.

BC The last time teachers went on strike was in 2014, and with the new school year just weeks away, parents are watching the situation anxiously.

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The turmoil caused But the teachers' strike pales in comparison to the labor action by BC. A nurse as the state heads into respiratory virus season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We want an agreement that respects nurses. We know the public supports us, but when it comes to public sector employers and governments, this is always the case. BCNU Vice President Adrian Gere said.

Alcohol in the service industry is slowly drying up after the BCGEU strike

So far, the BCGEU strike has Limited to picketing warehouses used by BC. Liquor distribution branch.

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But it adds to the pressure from another quarter: The state's restaurant industry says it's drying up.

BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association president Ian Tostenson says shortages are coming as the sector battles inflation while still recovering from pandemic restrictions.

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product. The products currently in the system are the only products available. We are against ropes," he said.

``Most restaurants will see shortages as early as next week. } B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson was not available for interview.

In a statement, the department said public sector salaries now amounted to $38.6 billion, more than half of BC's budget, and a 1% wage increase across the sector. said it would cost the state $311 per year.

"The current wage offer under the Shared Recovery Mandate is designed to provide the most fair and reasonable salary increases that are affordable within the financial plan." '," the statement said.

Mr Smith, meanwhile, said the BCGEU remains "determined" to conduct transactions that its members deem fair.

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During the pandemic, “public sector workers kept lights on, doors open, wheels turned. “Keep spinning,” she said.

"We need a pact that recognizes their contribution and protects their wages from inflation."

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