The union reacts.

The crap offer we received yesterday and the union’s response in print this morning – for those who are following along:

PSAC boss blasts ‘insulting’ wage offer
Graham Hughes
The Ottawa Citizen

Friday, May 23, 2008

The stage is set for increased tension in negotiations between Treasury Board and the 120,000 federal public servants represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

John Gordon, the union’s national president, said last night that government negotiators yesterday afternoon put a monetary offer on the table, “which is, quite frankly, insulting.”

The four-year offer included annual wage increases of 1.5, 1.5, 1.2 and 1.2 per cent.

“We were looking for some respect from this employer, which has told us they were bargaining in good faith,” Mr. Gordon said. “We’ve been at this for a year and they come in and insult our members like that … those valuable employees they talk about at every turn. Well, I’ll tell you, those valuable employees are somewhat upset.”

The negotiations cover five collective agreements involving the complete administration of the federal government plus such personnel as border guards, immigration officers and coast guard crews. Contracts expired in June and July 2007.

The offer made yesterday was for the administrators, the largest of PSAC’s five groups.

“We’ll be telling our members about this insult they’ve done with respect to the monetary offer beginning (today), when we have a demonstration taking place in Gatineau,” Mr. Gordon said. “This will be the first time the members will have heard this and we’ll be sending bargaining teams to meet with members across the country and we’ll be dealing with it from there. If the Treasury Board are pushing us to the ultimate position of a strike somewhere down the road, then our members will make that decision, I’m sure.”

Mr. Gordon said negotiations for other PSAC groups were scheduled to resume next week, and he expected a similar position from the government.

“It seems to me they want to take us on, and, if that’s what they want to do, our members will rise to the challenge,” Mr. Gordon added.

The PSAC demonstration is scheduled for noon today between Gatineau City Hall and Phases I and II of the Place du Portage complex.

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