VANCOUVER, Dec. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Health Science Professionals
Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has called off rotating strikes planned
for the coming week.
Following three round-the-clock days of talks mediated by veteran labour
mediator Vince Ready, the government tabled a proposal just before
midnight Saturday for a wage increase and massive concessions. The
proposal adds up to a general wage increase of 1.4 per cent over two
years - and some health care workers could be facing wage roll backs.
"The proposal dropped on the table by government is so far off the mark
that there's no doubt in my mind they are trying to provoke our members
into escalating job action, and giving the government an excuse to
recall the legislature to impose a contract," said Reid Johnson,
president of Health Science Association of BC. HSA represents 14,500 of
the 17,000 health science professionals covered by the contract.
"We are not going to go down that road. Our members are committed to
delivering health care services to British Columbians. Our dispute is
not with the people who need those services. It is with a government
that refuses to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement for essential
members of the modern health care team.
"We have been at the table for nine months trying to work with health
employers to find solutions to the crisis in recruitment and retention
that's hurting the system's ability to deliver the quality health care
British Columbians deserve."
"Employers refused to bargain. We got Vince Ready involved to kick start
talks. He came in, and forced the government to bring a proposal to the
table. We now know exactly what government thinks of the value of
health science professionals in the public health care system, and
we're going to share that with our members and take our direction for
next steps from them." Johnson said.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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