Workers protest pay delay

Union seeks timely overtime reiumbursement

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) have been in dispute with the Bosco Homes Trailcross Center in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

The workers had been asking for their overtime to be paid on time, according to the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) which represents the workers. It says employees cannot receive overtime owed, between $2,000 and $10,000, until the end of the fiscal year. They regularly work more than 10 hours of overtime per week but management wants to maintain the practice of paying overtime once a year while the employees are demanding a regular schedule of payments.

By delaying the payment, management gets an interm-type of funding for the centre’s activities, says Gayla Wick, first vice-president of UNW. “Their wages are already very low and it is unfair to ask them to subsidize the centre.”

The workers have been without a collective agreement for 17 months and have been trying unsuccessfully to negotiate a new contract. They also want articles of the Canada Labour Code on sexual harassment and compassionate care leave to be included in the collective agreement.

PSAC has filed a complaint with the Canada Industrial Relations Board to protest the actions of Bosco.

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