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NEWS RELEASE · 28th January 2011
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Natural Resource Operations

The BC Oil and Gas Commission and the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) have reached a tentative agreement under the government's 2010 mandate, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.

"I'm pleased to hear that a tentative agreement has been reached with the BC Oil and Gas Commission and BCGEU, under the Province's negotiating framework," said Hansen. "I'd like to express my gratitude to the negotiators who are working hard to reach agreements that meet the needs of employees during these difficult economic times."

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) is an independent regulatory agency with responsibilities for overseeing oil and gas operations, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation. There are approximately 138 employees at the OGC that are covered by this two-year agreement.

"The Oil and Gas Commission plays a vital role in the regulation of one of B.C.'s most important resource sectors - oil and gas," said Steve Thomson, Minister of Natural Resource Operations. "All of us - industry and government alike - appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Oil and Gas Commission staff."

Government has already announced its intention to control spending on wages during this round of bargaining. To protect jobs and preserve vital services British Columbians depend on, government has no funding for new wage increases as collective agreements are renewed.

There are approximately 306,000 unionized workers in occupations throughout B.C.'s public sector, the great majority of which have agreements that expired between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. More than two-thirds of those employees have now renegotiated, including agreements covering 99 per cent of health-care workers.

Updated bargaining information is available at:
http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining2010/