IQALUIT, NU, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Members of the Nunavut Employees
Union (NEU), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC), employed by the Government of Nunavut and the Quilliq Energy
Corporation are starting to take strike votes across the territory in
anticipation of mediation sessions with both employers.
Strike votes will take place for unionized government workers in
Kugluktuk on September 19 and in Cambridge Bay on September 20. There
will be a September 21 vote by members at the Qulliq Energy Corporation
in Cambridge Bay. Votes in other locations are being scheduled.
"After a year of bargaining with the government, union proposals
covering pay, the northern allowance, vacation leave and issues related
to health care workers remain unresolved," says NEU President Doug
The government's demands related to casual and term workers, as well as
to other conditions of employment also remain on the table.
The parties held their first meeting in September 2010, followed by
meetings in December and in April. With little progress, the union
applied for mediation. The Minister of Human Resources at the time
declined to appoint a mediator and encouraged NEU to resume
"So far the employer has been unresponsive, with little movement on our
issues," says Workman. "Delays in the appointment of a mediator have
also extended the bargaining process."
Talks in August failed to produce a settlement and after both parties
asked for a mediator to be appointed, the Minister of Human Resources
Daniel Shewchuk agreed.
Negotiations with the Quilliq Energy Corporation have also proved
unsuccessful and a mediator has been appointed.
PSAC's agreement with the Nunavut government expired on September 30,
2010 and the agreement with QEC on December 31, 2010.
For further information:
Doug Workman, President, Nunavut Employees' Union, (867) 222-1397 (cell)