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PERTH The Union representing 60 social service and daycare workers at Tayside Community Residential and Support Options, serving the Perth area, ratified a two-year collective agreement yesterday. The deal was reached after six weeks of negotiations between the Employer and Local 4474 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Both parties have ratified and the Union is happy with the way negotiations went this time, says CUPE National Representative Bev Smale. We were able to set aside some differences from the last round of negotiations when the Employer locked out our members.

The 60 workers offer care in group homes to people with developmental and physical disabilities at Davidson House, Brady House, and Deakin House. They also provide daycare services at Tayside childcare centres.

On the developmental services side, we were able to close the gap substantially between the full-time and casual rate of pay, says Smale. Developmental services received a 3% wage increase in each of the two years, plus special adjustments for the casual rate. Daycare services received a 2% increase in each of the two years. We were also able to make some changes to improve working conditions, making this a deal that will help our members move forward.


For further information, please contact:
Bev Smale, CUPE National Representative
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications