VANCOUVER, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Community workers at DiverseCity
Community Resources Society will be on strike Thursday November 22 in
the Newton Village area of Surrey, including at the not-for-profit's
main office and at the intersection of King George Hwy. and 74th Avenue.
DiverseCity is going on strike to send a clear message to the B.C.
government: stop putting vulnerable families last!
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) represents 133
DiverseCity workers who provide family services, community development,
language programs, immigrant and career services in a variety of
Since 2004, the B.C. Liberal government has cut $300 million in funding
for programs that support vulnerable families, recent immigrants, the
developmentally disabled, at-risk youth, and children and infants in
community-based programs across the province.
Community workers across the province have faced a decade of declining
wages. Starting wages for caring professionals are below the living
wage. Residential care workers now start at $15.54 an hour, down from
$16.83 ten years ago. That's a wage cut of one-fifth, factoring in
Since October 16, rotating strike action in community services has
impacted agencies around British Columbia, including in Vancouver,
Kamloops, Prince George Victoria, Nelson, Vernon, Williams Lake, and
The following DiverseCity locations in the Newton Village area of Surrey
will be picketed and completely struck on Thursday from 8am to 9pm.
Picketers will be visible at these locations and at the intersection of
King George Hwy. and 74th Avenue:
DiverseCity Main Office - #1107 - 7330 137th Street, Surrey, B.C.
DiverseCity Community Development - #1113 - 7330 137th Street, Surrey, B.C.
DiverseCity Career Services - #202 - 7380 137th Street, Surrey, B.C.
There are 15,000 unionized workers in the community social services
sector, two-thirds of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Other sectoral
unions include CUPE, HEU, HSA and five others. Together, the unions
make up the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Oliver Rohlfs, BCGEU Communications, (778)318-9164, firstname.lastname@example.org
Strike information leaflet