BCGEU reaches tentative agreement for 4 per cent raise

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The raise includes retroactive increases of 1 per cent each to April 1, 2012 and August 15, 2012. The union will also see 1 per cent wage increases in April and December 2013.

The government and the Union have been involved in contract talks for the past nine months, including several one-day strikes by its members that affected Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. BCGEU president Darryl Walker has confirmed the deal, and the bargaining committee is recommending members accept the agreement.

"We knew this round of bargaining would be tough and it was," says Walker. "Our members gave us a mandate and we fought hard during nine months to achieve this deal.  We struck four times and implemented an overtime ban to back our proposals. We're pleased we've been able to work productively with the government in recent days to reach this tentative agreement."

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Included in the agreement is the cancellation of the privatization of liquor distribution branches. Employee security protection has also been renewed for two years.

The overtime ban implemented on September 17 has also been cancelled, effective immediately.

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