VICTORIA, April 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is conducting a strike vote of its Government Licensed Professionals chapter that will conclude May 11. The PEA represents 1200 members who work in the public service as foresters, engineers, psychologists and more. These members work throughout BC and are employed by the Provincial Government.
"The PEA has not been able to reach a fair collective agreement. We are asking our members to support a strike vote. Job action will be an absolute last resort, but the employer's present position has left us with little choice but to ask our members to show support for our bargaining objectives. We hope to resume negotiations once our vote is completed, " said Scott McCannell, Executive Director.
Impasse was reached after bargaining for three months with little progress on key issues. A significant concern is the continued erosion of the public service. The number of licensed professionals in the public service has been reduced by ten percent over the past two years. A continued reduction is planned for the next three years. "A further reduction in the number of licensed professionals in the public service will intensify current challenges in the stewardship of BC Forests, waterways and wildlife and the ability to keep BC bridges and roads safe for the public," said McCannell.
"Also outstanding are a number of employer concessions and their lack of willingness to renew existing terms and conditions," said McCannell.
For further information:
Brett Harper, PEA Communications, 250-385-8791 ext. 206