BCGEU reaches tentative agreement for public service workers

Three-year deal includes wage hikes, targeted increases: Union

The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) reached a tentative agreement on June 13 with the B.C. Public Service Agency (PSA) for employees working in direct government service.

 “It’s been an intensive round of negotiations, sometimes stretching into the early morning hours, but we’re pleased to have reached an agreement for our public service members,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president. “Our members have faced growing service, workload and recruitment and retention challenges. But we believe we’ve made substantial progress in a number of key areas.”

The union secured a three-year tentative agreement with general wage increases in each year of the agreement, as well as targeted increases for some classifications, to deal with recruitment and retention issues in the respective ministries, said the union.

BCGEU will engage with its members and provide a comprehensive report on the agreement before a ratification vote in the coming weeks. The BCGEU represents more than 27,000 members who are covered by the public service agreement.

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