HALIFAX – Employees at the Halifax Regional Water Commission (HRWC) enter a critical stage in their contract talks this week, as both inside and outside workers go to conciliation.
CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, “Outside workers with Local 1431 have talks scheduled for Wednesday (August 29), while the inside workers with Local 227 do so on Thursday (August 30).
“We have strong strike votes from both groups and failing a settlement this week, the Conciliation Officer will file his report with the Minister and the clock will start ticking toward a possible strike at the Water Commission,” says Bramwell.
Says Bramwell, “This group of workers, which are currently involved in a merger with HRM, had agreed to extend their contract and bargain only wages because of the impending merger. The employer is now insisting that they fund a deficit in their pension and have tabled a wage offer that can only be considered an insult.”
Local 227 members are employed in the potable water division with HRWC, including some 100 labourers, maintenance, technicians, operators, water treatment plant operators.
Local 1431 represents 60 customer service clerks, engineering information technicians, engineering technologists, information support techs, operations techs and operations support staff.
Jacquie Bramwell John McCracken
CUPE National Rep. CUPE Communications Rep.
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