Justice Minister Darin King speaks to reporters today about the provincial government and the RNCA ratifying a collective agreement. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
The provincial government and members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association (RNCA) have ratified a collective agreement reached on March 20, it was announced today.
Under the new agreement, a police officer taking maternity/adoption/parental leave may be eligible to receive more than 90 per cent of his or her weekly pay rate, each week for up to 17 weeks of leave.
The agreement also includes elimination of severance pay, and effective Sept. 30, 2013, severance pay will no longer be accrued by employees.
Those who currently meet the qualifications for severance can opt to take a one-time payout, and may elect to receive this payment by notifying the employer prior to Sept. 30.
“This agreement provides new benefits for members of the RNCA, such as a new maternity-parental leave benefit which will see income top-up for new parents,” said Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy.
“It is also in keeping with the current fiscal reality of the province, in that severance pay will be eliminated in an effort to achieve sustainability. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the RNCA that achieves a balance between both groups.”
RNCA President Tim Buckle said members accepted the agreement with more than a 90 per cent majority.
“The recruitment of females in this non-traditional workplace makes the RNC that much more attractive for young women and families by providing this financial support during periods of leave for parental reasons,” he said.
Salaries for RNCA members are determined through a compensation formula using analysis of comparable sized police forces across the country.