B.C. social service workers vote to strike

15,000 caregivers for British Columbia’s most disadvantaged could walk off the job
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/31/2011

British Columbia community social service workers are 82 percent in favour of striking.

The 15,000 employees work in 205 agencies across theprovince and are part of nine different unions. Together, the unions form theCommunity Social Services Bargaining Committee (CSSBC). They have been withouta contract for 18 months.

The key demands the CSSBC are making are centred on wageincreases for the lowest paid workers and improvements to sick leave. The unionalso wants stronger job security for its members to guarantee continuity ofcare for clients.

“This seriously impacts the quality of care and support weare able to provide to some of our most vulnerable citizens,” says JamesCavalluzzo, bargaining association chair. “This strike vote comes at a time ofdeepening crisis in community social services.”

If a strike proceeds, the group will have to decide how toensure essential services coverage is guaranteed.

Community social service workers in British Columbia provideassistance to disadvantaged families, and offer support to women, children andseniors with physical and mental disabilities.

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