Public sector wage gains cool off

Large number of contracts renewing in 2010 will affect coming years
By Danielle Harder
||Last Updated: 07/02/2010

2010 is a big year for collective bargaining in Canada, but there is little prospect for significant wage increases in the public sector, according to several economists.

In the first quarter of this year, wage gains in the unionized public sector averaged 2.2 per cent, which is lower than the past three years (2007, 3.4 per cent; 2008, 3.5 per cent; 2009, 2.5 per cent), according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). March saw the lowest dip at 0.2 per cent, which was influenced by two Health Employers Association of British Columbia agreements.