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Coast guard employees rally for a pay increase to fight rising inflation

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Cost of living making things hard for employees to keep their families, union says.
  • Canadian Coast Guard workers rallied outside the agency’s office Friday to ask for better salaries and wage equality in the sector.

Nearly a dozen people rallied Friday outside the Canadian Coast Guard’s St. John’s offices to demand higher salaries and wage parity as workers manage the rising cost of living.

“We’re looking for salaries that will keep up with the industry, but that will also keep up with inflation,” stated Chris Bussey, vice-president of the Atlantic area for the Union for Canadian Transport Workers.

“What we’re being offered amounts to a pay cut.”

The union is now at the bargaining table with the federal Treasury Board. Bussey said it wants to assure members’ problems are top of mind.

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Nearly a dozen people rallied Friday outside the Canadian Coast Guard’s St. John’s offices to demand higher salaries and wage parity as workers manage the rising cost of living

The union said the Treasury Board presented the association and its members with a salary increase of an average of 1.7 percent per year until 2025.

With Canada’s inflation rate sitting at 6.8 percent — the highest it’s been in 31 years — Bussey states that growth will translate to less disposable earnings in workers’ pockets.

The union, which falls under the Public Service Alliance of Canada, has disagreed with a 4.5 percent pay gain and parity with other jobs in the sector.

In a message to CBC News, the Treasury Board of Canada stated they are set to negotiate in reasonable confidence and are dissatisfied the union turned down their proposal. The board says the union requests increases as high as 14 percent per year across their bargaining levels. The federal department expects an understanding can be reached at the bargaining table.

Source – cbc.ca

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