Information about Native Courtworkers job action at Provincial Courthouses and Services

November 13, 2014

BCGEU members employed by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia are continuing their rotating job action, with demonstrations planned in a number of communities across British Columbia in coming weeks.

Native courtworkers are taking action to highlight the discriminatory wages and benefits they receive, compared to other public workers who perform similar work. It's time to fix this injustice.
B.C.’s Native Courtworkers provide court-related services and counseling to Aboriginal clients entering the criminal justice system in 20 B.C. communities.

They have not had a pay raise since 2009. Their current contract with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, which is funded by the B.C. government, expired in 2011.
Currently job action is scheduled for court dates when Native Courtworkers are scheduled to be in the courts. The current schedule is below and may be subject to change. 
On these dates, BCGEU members working in courthouses or attending court may encounter a demonstration. 

If you encounter a demonstration as you enter your worksite or if you are scheduled to appear in court, please proceed. But please show support by signing a letter of support.

Your support and solidarity will help your fellow BCGEU members achieve the fairness and parity they deserve. ​

Demonstration dates

  • November 18 – Fort St John, Courtenay, Smithers, Terrace, 222 Main Street Vancouver
  • November 19 – Surrey Courthouse, Bella Coola, Penticton
  • November 20 – New Westminster, Kelowna
  • November 21 – Hazelton
  • November 24 – Vanderhoof, Kamloops
  • November 25 – Smithers, Port Hardy
  • November 26 – North Vancouver, Williams Lake, Port Hardy
  • November 27 – Chilliwack, Vernon, Nanaimo,Kamloops
  • November 28 – Duncan
  • December 9 - Port Hardy
  • December 12 - Bella Bella