Public Interest Commission validates TC bargaining demands
The Public Interest Commission (PIC) released the recommendations for the Technical Services bargaining unit on January 11, 2013.
The recommendations of the Commission validate many of the bargaining proposals brought forward by the TC bargaining team.
The Commission recommends improving recruitment and retention allowances under Appendix P for Marine Inspectors and Civil Aviation Inspectors, keeping the allowances for Rail Inspectors, and extending the terminable allowances to TIs at Measurement Canada, LAOs at HRSDC, and EG laboratory and x-ray technologists at Percy E. Moore and Norway House hospitals in Manitoba. In addition, the Commission recommends removing the cap on call-back for the same EGs at the federal hospitals.
The Commission also recommends a new increment of 3.28 per cent for the EG classification as a whole, which would bring the top rate on par with EGs at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Improvements to travelling time and acting pay after one shift are also among the several other recommendations of the Commission.
The PIC report also recommends the Employer proposal to eliminate severance pay for voluntary departures (resignation and retirement) and the so-called "pattern" settlement of 1.75 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 2 per cent retroactive to the expiry of the last contract.
Unfortunately, the Treasury Board sidesperson wrote a dissenting report. PSAC has prepared a summary of the two reports.
The mandate of the Public Interest Commission was to assist the parties in completing the current round of revisions to the collective agreement, as governed by Section 175 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.
The recommendations of the PIC are not binding, but it is hoped they would provide a road map to a settlement. At this time we have not received a final offer from Treasury Board. The TC bargaining team is taking some time to assess the situation and to listen to the membership. Meetings are being organized in major centres across the country and via telephone townhalls. Please attend the meeting in your area to ensure your voice is heard.
Date Modified : 2013/02/15