IQALUIT, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Members of the Nunavut Employees Union of
the Public Service Alliance of Canada have ratified a new agreement
with the Qulliq Energy Corporation.
The new three-year agreement provides economic increases of 2.5%
retroactive to January 1, 2011, 2% retroactive to January 1, 2012 and a
further 2% effective January 1, 2013.
Employees on strength on the date of ratification will also receive a
$1,100 signing bonus
"It took a strong strike vote by our members to convince the Corporation
that they were not prepared to accept all of the concessions QEC
proposed," says Nunavut Employees Union president Doug Workman.
According to Julie Docherty, PSAC regional executive vice-president for
the north, "our members deserve credit for their solidarity and
persistence through this long process which enabled the union to
finally reach an acceptable agreement."
Other improvements include increases in shift premiums, clothing and
boot allowances and a guaranteed minimum 5% increase when employees
perform acting duties. There is now a new comprehensive letter of
understanding on the Apprenticeship Program and improvements associated
with training and various types of leave.
The new agreement runs until December 31, 2013. It was reached with the
assistance of a mediator after months of negotiations failed to produce
an agreement. NEU/PSAC represents 150 workers at QEC.
For further information:
Doug Workman, President, Nunavut Employees Union, 867-222-1397 (cell)