Few signs of wage gains for unionized workers in 2012

Employers will be holding the line on labour cost; private sector will outstrip public sector
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2011

Unionized workers are unlikely to see substantial wage gains in the coming year, according to a recent report by the Conference Board of Canada.

The organization’s Compensation Outlook for 2012 anticipates wage increases for unionized employees to be two per cent next year: 1.5 per cent in the public sector and 2.3 in the private sector, roughly the same as the increases negotiated in 2011.

Chris Roberts, a senior researcher with the Canadian Labour Congress, says even that may be optimistic given the report is based on data collected in June when the economic outlook was slightly more optimistic.