#Thirstyforjustice demands action for First Nations communities
After more than two years at the table and little progress, bargaining team members urged Treasury Board to offer “real change” that respects the value of the public services provided by PSAC members.
A centrepiece of this bargaining session was the presentation of our comprehensive wage demands to the employer’s bargaining team. This demand addresses the long-standing wage disparities experienced by TC members and closes this salary gap.
The parties had set aside a half day for WFA bargaining on June 22 and instead had a very brief discussion on the significant issues raised at the table.
The SV bargaining team met with Treasury Board for four days this week. Although there was movement on some issues, the employer’s position has not changed on any of the important ones.
Any optimism we had was dashed almost immediately by the employer’s opening statement that they were willing to make some minor movements only on the condition that the union remove a significant number of our demands from the table.
The #ThirstyforJustice campaign video was developed in collaboration with an award-winning documentary filmmaker and focuses on the community of Grassy Narrows.
The river water has been contaminated by mercury for over 40 years and the tap water is not safe to drink. Grassy Narrows is only one of more than 100 First Nations communities that do not have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and bathing.