Quilliq Energy Corporation workers reject concessions and vote to strike

IQALUIT, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Members of the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) are ready to take strike action against the Quilliq Energy Corporation to back up their demands for a new contract.

"Negotiations so far have been all about the employer's demands for concessions from our members," says NEU president Doug Workman. "The members have said enough is enough and voted 89% per cent in favour of a strike if necessary."

The Energy Corporation has tabled proposals that include reducing sick leave travel expenses for very young children and stopping the practice of allowing overtime to be taken as time off.  The employer also refuses to acknowledge significant increases in living expenses such as the cost of food.

According to Workman, when the employer proposed getting rid of the workers' ride to the plant in Iqaluit, our members responded - we'll walk up that hill in January when you do!

It has been almost a year since the NEU's agreement with the QEC expired and there has been little progress in negotiations to date.

Before a strike occurs, the parties will meet with a mediator in April, 2012.

SOURCE PSAC

For further information:

Doug Workman, president, Nunavut Employees Union, (867) 222-1397 (cell)

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