Health unions, government continue talks Friday

Another day of talks between health care unions and government is underway Friday.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says that the parties are exchanging proposals and exploring options.

“The talks continue to be tough,” says Allnutt. “The issues are serious and are receiving the intense concentration they deserve as we work to save jobs and protect health care.

“Should an agreement be reached, the terms of any settlement will go to a ratification vote of union members,” Allnutt emphasizes.

Health unions and government and health employers have been talking steadily since Tuesday.

On March 31, in an effort to kick start discussions, health unions put forward a good faith offer to hold off on 4.4 per cent in wage and pay equity increases due April 1 in return for a freeze on all contracting out and privatization initiatives pending the outcome of talks.

HEU, the BCGEU and IUOE are representing the facilities subsector unions in the talks. Chris Allnutt is the spokesperson for the multi-union bargaining association.

HEU members are encouraged to call the union’s bargaining hotline or access the web site at www.heu.org to stay up to date, and to keep in touch with their local executives.

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