|PSAC workers and supporters have gathered on the plaza adjacent to the
DFO office building today, part of their picket duty for Day One
of the Federal Public Sector strike
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You may find it hard to access many Federal services today, with members of the Public Service Alliance taking to the picket lines this morning, marking Day one of a labour dispute that has been building for months.
Public Sector workers hit the picket lines at the start of their shifts this morning, suspending their work in their quest for better wages (they are seeking a 4.5% wage increase) making inflation one of their key negotiating points.
Shift premiums, a range of ofice culture measures, as well as the ability to continue to work from home for workers has also been part of the narrative up to the strike deadline.
Locally, the DFO/Post office building, Seal Cove Coast Guard base and services in the Ocean Centre will be the ones most prominently affected, both locations host public sector workers providing for services to the region.
Over 155,000 federal employees are represented by PSAC, there is no word towards when negotiations with Treasury Board will resume.
Prince Rupert area unions are anticipated to join the PSAC members in solidarity as the labour dispute moves forward from Day one today.
The Union has provided some background information towards the dispute which is available below:
The Government side of the negations is outlined below:can be reviewed here.