VICTORIA, BC, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The BCGEU has reached a tentative
agreement with the B.C. government that sees gains for more than 25,000
members who work in direct government service province-wide.
"We knew this round of bargaining would be tough and it was," said BCGEU
president Darryl Walker. "Our members gave us a mandate and we fought
hard during nine months to achieve this deal. We struck four times and
implemented an overtime ban to back our proposals. We're pleased we've
been able to work productively with the government in recent days to
reach this tentative agreement."
The BCGEU bargaining committee is recommending members accept the
As part of the agreement, the sale of Liquor Distribution Branch
warehouses and the NRFP for privatization were cancelled. Both sides
agree the move was needed to get the deal done.
"Credit for this agreement also goes to our members who backed the
bargaining committee with a strike vote and strike action. We could not
have achieved this collective agreement without them," said Walker.
Details of the tentative agreement will be posted on the BCGEU website
as soon as possible.
Stewards will conduct voting at the worksite. Members are encouraged to
keep watching the BCGEU website for more information about
As a result of this deal, the overtime ban implemented on Monday,
September 17, 2012 is cancelled effective immediately.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Karen Tankard, BCGEU Communications (604) 312-1204.