SV team tells employer to respect PS workers’ right to collective bargaining

Our SV bargaining team resumed negotiations with Treasury Board from June 15 to 18.

The team made it clear at the bargaining table that we do not plan to back down on sick leave, despite the government’s threat to circumvent negotiations using provisions in Bill C-59. The Bill authorizes Treasury Board to unilaterally modify collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short- and long-term disability plan.

The Supreme Court established the right to collective bargaining as a Charter right – and we will continue to defend that right.

In preparation for this round of bargaining, the Ships Crews’ Sub-Committee met the week prior to bargaining  to formalize proposals unique to their work environment. These proposals were forwarded to the SV bargaining team for review.

The bargaining team continued its work on the analysis of the SV pay study in preparation for a monetary proposal to present to the employer later in this round of bargaining.

The parties reached agreement to our proposal to include gender identity and expression under “No Discrimination” clause in our collective agreement and on housekeeping changes to Article 11, Check-off, regarding remission of dues by electronic payment.

The employer tabled a counter-proposal to our demand on performance review and gave a presentation regarding the distinction between continuous employment and continuous service.

The SV team also participated in several well-attended rallies organized by federal public service unions across Canada this week in support of public service workers and against attacks on our collective bargaining rights.

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June 19, 2015