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Civil Service Bargaining Update: Proposals Exchanged

Yesterday, the government tabled their bargaining proposals to our negotiating team. It came as no surprise to us that they are seeking the same wage pattern with civil servants as they are with the teachers: three years of zero per cent increases, followed by two years of one per cent increases.

Their 47-page proposal (attached here), also includes multiple concessions and takeaways which will negatively affect your working lives.

The proposals this government have brought forward are extreme. They are trying to inspire fear and want you to settle for what they really want: a five-year deal, low wage pattern, changes to the long-service award and no job security. This means you won’t see any significant improvements until 2020.

Government also took the unusual step of releasing some of their proposals to the public and media before collective bargaining could actually take place. Make no mistake: they’re not doing this to be transparent – they are doing this to try and turn public opinion against you, and to set themselves up to table legislation that will impose their desired wage pattern on more than 7,000 civil servants.

The information they released was also misleading and inaccurate. For example, they claimed the average civil servant makes $56,000, but we know that is inflated by approximately $10,000. At that rate, the wage pattern they have proposed amounts to a wage increase of just 31 cents an hour, which you would not receive until 2018.

This is simply unacceptable.

The union tabled very modest proposals at the table yesterday (you can view our document here). We are seeking to maintain the job security, long service award and other non-monetary provisions that we have achieved for you in previous rounds of bargaining, while looking for improvements in vacation entitlement, family illness leave, mileage and wages that would keep pace with the cost of living increases.

I would encourage you to review both proposal documents, and share your thoughts with us. We are back at the bargaining table today and will keep you informed of any developments.

In Solidarity,

Joan Jessome

President, NSGEU

2 Responses to Civil Service Bargaining Update: Proposals Exchanged

  1. Eric October 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Don’t forget that most parks have NO job security as well as have NO pension or long service award and now they are telling us NO BUDGET for anything. We are all still under the stress of wondering if next season we will have jobs or not. Time to put an end to this. Ask us how we feel and ask us what needs to be discussed and hashed out. Why is the Host program in the parks still running when it employs one manager two assistants and generates $0.00 dollars, plus takes up one powered site most of the summer @ a cost of $37.00 per night plus a bundle of wood @ $5.00 per night as well. Would this money not be put to better use than giving free camping to strangers generating $0.00 dollars. Now they threaten us by saying you may not be back next year and you should be happy to have a job. Time to poll all parks staff and ask what we would like to see happen. Don’t just ask the tech’s because they are full time members, ask us the working stiffs who’s boots are on the ground helping in making the visitors experience the best it can possibly be. Help get us updated and into the 21st century with easy accessibility, advertising and improved infrastructure. Sorry if I am venting but year after year the pressure and stress keeps on building with no help from the government or the department. We have nothing to hold on to and now we are all terrified to get that phone call in the early spring saying thanks but your terminated. Thanks for your time…E

  2. Brian Storrie November 10, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Eric:

    Just a thought, if the nova Scotia Government is telling Nova Scotia Power that they can still increase their costs to the tax payers due to the fact costs of materials (coal) will increase over the coming years, why should we (Civil Servants) be expected to get 0% for 3 years when all our costs for (food, power, gas, health, dental, insurance, etc.) will increase. Government seems to have a double standard, business tops those that do governments work.

    Brian

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