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,
For further information:
Doug Workman, president, Nunavut Employees Union, (867) 222-1397 (cell)