CUPE says New Brunswick government demanding concessions in contract talks

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FREDERICTON - A labour leader says four different locals with the Canadian Union of Public Employees have been told by the New Brunswick government that they must accept specific concessions to get a collective agreement.

Daniel Legere, the New Brunswick president of CUPE, says the government is trying to link wage increases to the gross domestic product of the province.

It also wants to eliminate severance pay, reduce sick leave and impose a three-day period without pay for injured workers who go on compensation.

Legere says Human Resources Minister Robert Trevors declined an offer to meet to discuss the issue.

He says the union did meet with representatives from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties and will make the state of bargaining an election issue.

Trevors could not be reached for comment.

Organizations: Canadian Union of Public Employees

Geographic location: New Brunswick, FREDERICTON

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  • Jim G
    June 23, 2014 - 21:29

    You would request concessions too if you did not have any money. The province is broke. Why are they broke? Simple, because their employees get paid too much. Tying wage increases to GDP is an excellant way to deal with government worker pay increases. When salaries level out and taxes get reduced the economy will pick up and then there will be inceases in wages. If the economy does not ever pick up then "tough". Welcome to the reality of the average worker in the province.