#22 HEABC shortens concession list
Employer turnaround linked to pressure from strike vote call
In a sign that last week’s strike vote call is having the desired effect, the Health Employers Association of B.C. removed a number of their concession demands off the health services and support bargaining table this morning. HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt welcomed the employers’ move as a signal that the unions’ strike vote call is resulting in a renewed focus on reaching a negotiated settlement. And he said the bargaining committee would meet through lunch to prepare a counterproposal to build momentum at the bargaining table.
“This is a very significant move by employers,” says Allnutt. “Though there are still serious concessions on the table, HEABC has backed up their commitment to reaching a settlement by month’s end by moving away from a number of other concessionary positions.
“It’s no accident that these developments have taken place as 60,000 front-line health care workers prepare to cast strike vote ballots,”adds Allnutt. “And it underscores the importance of delivering a strong “yes” vote from as many of our members as possible.”
The list of concession crossed off HEABC’s wish list includes:
- cuts to annual vacation;
- unilateral decrease in part-time hours;
- delays in paying out scheduled wage increases;
- review of housekeeping and laundry benchmarks; and
- right to unilaterally change required job qualifications.
You can find the latest strike vote information including province-wide strike vote schedules here