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VANCOUVER — Staff who provide childcare through programs at Vancouver’s Collingwood Neighbourhood House are bracing for wage cuts, and benefit and vacation reductions beginning April 1,2003.

“Despite a tremendous battle waged by both the employer and the CUPE staff who work in various locations,” said Bob Toop, CUPE national representative “these child care workers are about to see significant wage and benefit drops—up to $5 per hour. In addition staff will now have to pay a significant portion of extended benefits and their entire MSP premiums.”

Barry O’Neill, President of CUPE BC said, “Well, this is one more proof of how the provincial government is going after the lowest paid workers in the system and making them pay for his tax cuts and other follies.”

“The provincial government is attacking B.C. women and parents with these kinds of measures and receiving international criticism because of it. But our premier says that since he wasn’t party to any UN agreements his government doesn’t have to abide by them.”

Collingwood is reported to have the highest number of children and youth of any neighbourhood in Vancouver. In a letter written to government by Bobbie Dosanjh, President of Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Paula Carr, Director of Community Development asked the provincial Liberals to rescind the current cuts and others planned for the future.


Barry O’Neill, CUPE BC President