The provincial government and the BC Government and Service Employees' Union, negotiating on behalf of public service employees, have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
"I'm pleased to hear that negotiators have reached a tentative agreement under the government's negotiating framework," said Hansen. "Along with major agreements in the health sector, the BCGEU's tentative agreement means that about 50 per cent of public sector employees are now covered by negotiated agreements that would have expired in 2010."
More than 27,000 BCGEU members are employed in the BC Public Service, delivering services British Columbians rely on including health care, public safety, education and environmental management, to name a few.
"The current fiscal situation meant this was a very challenging round of negotiations for both sides," said Citizens' Services Minister Ben Stewart. "This agreement will support the Province's ability to fund vital public services while offering enhanced job security to BCGEU members."
BCGEU members will vote on the agreement over the next four weeks before it is ratified.
Government has already announced its intention to control spending on wages during this round of bargaining. To preserve vital services British Columbians depend on, government does not have any funding for new wage increases as collective agreements are renewed.
More than 200,000 workers are covered by contracts that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010.
Updated bargaining information is available athttp://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining2010/