“Essential services laws, in their current form, make free collective bargaining virtually impossible.” The new agreement provides for wage increases of zero per cent, zero per cent, one per cent, two per cent (combination of pension and general wage increase), two per cent and two per cent over a six-year period. It will run from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2022. Members of the GSM bargaining committee will now work with the province to conclude the new collective agreement. It expires on September 30, 2022. “We are pleased that a majority of members voted in favour of this interim agreement,” said Lori Bossaer, Chair of the GSP Negotiating Committee. The new agreement gives union workers annual wage increases of zero per cent, zero per cent, one per cent, two per cent, two per cent and two per cent, four to seven per cent more over a six-year stay, from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2022. The agreement covers approximately 11,000 SGEU members who work as transport and equipment officers, prison officers, park officers, conservation officers, social workers and many other public sectors. More than three years after the previous agreement expired, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan and the General Union of Workers (SGEU) have ratified a Memorandum of Understanding. An agreement between the provincial government and the GSP was signed by both parties, according to the province. Collective agreements include all in-scope employees of the executive and many agencies affiliated with departments. The union said that representatives of the bargaining committee and the government were now working to “sign and sign definitively” the collective agreement.
The contract expires on September 30, 2022. “It was a difficult and disappointing round of negotiations,” said Barry Nowoselsky, chairman of the negotiating unit. Our priority was to reach an agreement that was good for the public servants and the people we serve, the citizens of Saskatchewan. The province and the Saskatchewan General Employees Union (SGEU) have agreed on a new collective agreement that provides for a seven per cent increase over six months.