New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Massively Reject Government Offer, Stand Their Ground
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, August 30, 2016 - New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada say they are determined to obtain a fair agreement after overwhelmingly rejecting the provincial government’s most recent contract proposal, with 97 per cent voting against accepting it.
“It’s completely unacceptable for the government to offer our members a symbolic 1% wage increase and no improvements in their working conditions after years of salary freezes and an ever-increasing workload”, said Chris Titus, President of the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors’ Association. “All we’re asking is to be compensated fairly for our efforts and expertise. We’re the lowest paid Crown prosecutors in the country.”
“Faced with this outright rejection, the Government of New Brunswick needs to revise its offer significantly if it wishes to truly resolve the labour dispute,” added PIPSC Vice-President Steve Hindle. “Pending a new fair proposal, we will consider, with our members, what options to pursue, including possible job actions.”
“The citizens of New Brunswick deserve a justice system which works well, and that starts with competent, properly compensated professional prosecutors,” concluded Hindle.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 scientists and other professionals across Canada’s public sector, including some 60 Crown Prosecutors employed by the Government of New Brunswick. The collective agreement between the Government of New Brunswick and its Crown Prosecutors expired March 31, 2013.
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