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Victoria comes to terms with social service unions 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

QMI AGENCY FILE

QMI AGENCY FILE

Victoria has reached an agreement with 11,000 unionized community social services employees until 2019, it was announced Monday.

The contract sets wage increases of anywhere from 5.5% to 11.5% depending on the sector in which an employee works.

According to the B.C. Government Employees Union, which represents 8,000 of the workers, the increase brings wages in line with other sectors, specifically community health.

“Even workers with jobs that don’t compare directly to community health will get increases of the same magnitude,” the union said in a release.

Gentil Mateus of the Community Social Services Employers said while the deal has been signed the increases for certain positions were still being settled.

“Certain classifications may see a significantly higher increase than the 5.5% although those are yet to be determined,” he said. “That comparability money would be to address recruitment and retention issues that exist in the sector for work that is comparable with health and the education sector.”

BCGEU members voted 85% in favour.

The deal covers those working with developmentally disabled people, immigration and family services.

Unions representing the workers said the sector’s pay scale was a decade behind similar industries.

 

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