Our bargaining team for the Technical Services group spent six days with Treasury Board early November, pushing for a new collective agreement.
Our proposals seek to provide fair increases for all members of the TC group as well as to make adjustments for a number of smaller groups that are well behind market pay rates. The archaic classification system does not correctly measure our members’ work and leads to inadequate compensation.
We will continue to push for a full reclassification for all TC members, but pending this exercise, we are seeking allowances that ensure that members of the TC group are fairly compensated for the work that they do.
We have not seen the type of movement we are looking for from the employer on either of these issues. The employer’s wage position on the general economic increase is 0.75% per year over three years. This is not even close to meeting the rising cost of living.
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.
Workforce adjustment (WFA)
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.
For more information concerning TC negotiations and our next scheduled bargaining dates, visit the TC group page on our website.