Whitehorse General Hospital - Bargaining Update - April 9, 2008
The PIPSC bargaining team met with the Employer on April 3rd and 4th. A number of less substantial issues were resolved but, by the end of the day on the 4th, it became evident that the parties were very far apart on the wage issue will not be able to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement without assistance.
Consequently, bargaining has broken off and the parties will make a joint request to the federal Minister of Labour asking for the appointment of a conciliator. Under the governing labour legislation, a conciliation officer can be appointed by the Minister to assist and guide the parties towards a mutually satisfactory settlement of outstanding issues — sort of the labour relations equivalent to a marriage counsellor.
Your bargaining team believes that the best settlement is one arrived at voluntarily and willingly by the parties with or without assistance. We will participate in the conciliation process and do all possible to arrive at a positive outcome and one that will meet with the membership’s approval. We fully expect that the Employer will do likewise.
However, in order for the conciliation process to be successful, both the Employer and its political masters will have to demonstrate a greater appreciation of the gravity of the situation, especially in terms of recruitment and retention, and considerably more flexibility in dealing with those issues than has been shown to date.
We will advise you when conciliation has been scheduled. We intend to conduct several information sessions prior to conciliation.