The bargaining team for the SV group spent six days with Treasury Board in early November, pushing for a new collective agreement.
While the union was ready and prepared during this week of bargaining to work late, resolve key issues and get a fair deal, the Treasury Board bargaining team was not fully prepared to address critical issues.
After a week of bargaining, much of which was spent waiting for the Employer to respond, limited movement was made on the core issues that are still outstanding for the SV Group.
Priority SV outstanding issues
- Wage adjustment, as per the joint pay study of 2014
- Injury on duty, particularly to secure coverage presumptive cancer coverage,
- Public safety allowance
- Bereavement leave and the definition of the family, among others.
We continue to seek improvements to the current sick leave regime. We’ve made some progress over the last session on this issue. The Employer has proposed a Memorandum of Agreement to deal with sick leave, in order to allow for discussion. We have been very clear that any discussion must respect our principles. Our principles with regard to sick leave remain the same – it must be contained in the collective agreement, it must provide for wage replacement, sick leave banks must be preserved and there must be no third party provider.
So far the government has refused to address our key proposals with regard to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. Given the stress and turmoil that many PSAC members faced during the four-year period of public sector cuts and layoffs, we want to ensure that WFA operates in a fair, transparent and impartial manner.
PSAC has suggested further bargaining with the assistance of a mediator.
Please stay tuned for further developments and visit psacunion.ca/sv for more updates.