Questions surround wage raises under B.C. mandatePublic-sector workers getting raises; it’s hard to say where savings are coming from: CriticsBy Melissa Mancini03/18/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2013 Public-sector employees in British Columbia can get raises this year, as long as cost savings can be found to cover the increases.At least that’s how the province’s new collective bargaining mandate is supposed to work. Critics say it’s hard to determine whether this is actually the case.The new practice is a move from the government’s last collective bargaining mandate, called net zero. Under the former mandate, negotiators could move money from one part of a union’s collective agreement to another. Any increases in one area of the compensation package had to be offset by other parts, according to a backgrounder from the B.C. government. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.