Restrictions against contracting out, boosts to working conditions, rights in deal: MGEU
After a challenging round of bargaining, Golico (government liquor workers) members in Manitoba conditionally the employer’s settlement offer on June 20.
The Golico bargaining committee negotiated gains in the agreement including protection against piecemeal contracting out, improvements to working conditions in the distribution centre and strengthening member rights in the workplace, said the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU).
The bargaining committee was also able to successfully fight back against the rollbacks and concessions that the employer brought to the bargaining table, according to MGEU.
The message to the employer — and on the ballot — was that the offer is only accepted on the condition that the MGEU continue to fight Bill 28, The Public Services Sustainability Act, which the Province has passed to impose a cap on public sector wage settlements, said MGEU.MGEU has joined with more than 25 other unions in a court challenge that seeks to have Bill 28 struck down as unconstitutional. Even if it means going all the way to the Supreme Court, it is the MGEU’s commitment to pursue an additional wage settlement if the challenge is successful, said the union.