Small raises for civil servants

Wages central issue in both negotiations
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/07/2011

Two maritime government contracts figure in this week’s issue. One is between the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and the NSGEU, and the other is between the Government of Prince Edward Island and its civil service, represented by the P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees.

In both cases, wages reflect government restraint. The Nova Scotia employees ratified a two-year agreement with one per cent in each year, while their P.E.I. counterparts did somewhat better at two per cent per year in a three-year agreement.

The P.E.I. agreement includes $300,000 annually toward the Development and Training Fund. The Fund provides up to $2,500 per employee per year and covers tuition but not books for employees taking training. It may be used either for skills the employee currently needs or ones that will allow him or her to achieve “career aspirations.”