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.