Sisters and Brothers,
I hope your summer is going well and you are able to enjoy some time with friends and family.
We have received official notice from the Federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board that our hearing dates for the Public Interest Commission (PIC) have been set for January 6th and 20th, 2020. This is really the same timeline as the other tables that are heading to the PIC. While we are disappointed with the incredibly long timelines throughout this process the dates are set.
At this hearing, we will present our side on the issues that need fixing in our workplaces in addition to the economic increases that we deserve. Make no mistake, you deserve no less than other bargaining agents got and we will make the case that you deserve better.
Recently and on more than one occasion, we made it clear to the employer that we are willing to go back to the bargaining table in the event that they are willing to make meaningful progress on our bargaining demands including the economic proposals. Please know that to this point there is no wage offer on the table.
As stated above, if the employer wishes to move forward, they have every opportunity to show you that they want to address our issues by getting back to the table.
We only want the best for you and with your help we will make it happen.
While waiting for the PIC to take place, many actions can be taken such as meeting with your MP especially given the impending election and their canvassing. Letter writing is also an option as the incumbents wish to be re-elected and their competition need your votes to do so. Take advantage of that leverage. If you haven’t done so already, please consider writing the Minister of National Revenue as well.
We can do this together.
UTE 2nd National Vice-President