Many of you have asked questions about essential services. Here are some key things you need to know.
At the end of March 2012, the Master Bargaining Committee reached agreement about essential service staffing levels. The designation of essential services involves identifying the facilities and levels of service needed to prevent a threat to the health, safety or welfare of BC residents per s. 72 of the Labour Relations Code. The parties were not permitted to commence any job action until the essential services designation process has been completed.
The parties chose to negotiate the levels without the involvement of the Labour Relations Board, which could have resulted in a lengthy period of delay. The parties have now signed off on a working document that has been forwarded to Area Strike Coordinators.
The union is required to serve strike notice 48 hours prior to commencing any further job action. No decisions will be taken without providing notice to you and how you will be impacted and whether your position is deemed essential.
The union is reviewing these designations on a regular basis as we identify targets for job action in the coming weeks and months.