Our bargaining team met with the employer for three days this week. We opened discussions on some monetary issues and had further discussions on workforce adjustment and sick leave.
Pay study and Allowances
Our team opened discussions with the employer on the Joint Pay Study and tabled demands on allowances for SC, GL and GS (Diplomatic Couriers) groups.
We reiterated the need for significant changes to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix in this round of bargaining.
Our demands seek to make the rules more transparent and reduce the significant anxiety the process causes workers.
We are also looking to preserve and improve public services, enhance protections against involuntary departures and ensure that seniority is recognized.
We addressed the ongoing sick leave issue this week by stating that we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime. We made it clear that any improvements would need to be contained in the collective agreement. We reiterated that the underlying purpose of a sick leave system is to ensure that workers are not forced to choose between going to work sick and collecting a pay cheque.
Our team has so far met with five different Treasury Board negotiators and hopes the employer will finally be able to provide a more permanent negotiator.
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