Employer foot dragging stalls community health talks Sunday afternoon

March 12, 2006

Despite a commitment from unions representing 13,000 community health workers to bargain around the clock this weekend, no progress on workers' key issues has been achieved because of employer foot dragging.

BCGEU negotiator Colleen Fitzpatrick says the unions have been waiting for 48 hours for health employers to respond to the most recent union proposals on wages and job security.

"We've heard nothing of any substance from the other side all weekend," says Fitzpatrick, who also serves as the chief spokesperson for the multi-union community health bargaining association. "Now employers are even refusing to meet," she says.

With the clock ticking on the government's self-imposed deadline to achieve settlements, Fitzpatrick says the employers' intransigence "is simply unacceptable."