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NEWS RELEASE · 30th April 2010
Ministry of Finance
A two-year agreement has been ratified with the Province's public service employees, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen today.

The agreement covers more than 27,000 members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, who provide expertise in a variety of areas from frontline workers to researchers and analysts, to system technicians and others. Public servants perform a wide range of occupations that provide British Columbians with the services they rely on, including health care, public safety, education and environmental management, to name a few.

"I want to thank negotiators for their commitment in reaching a deal, and I'd like to acknowledge their co-operation and respect for each other," said Hansen. "With about 50 per cent of public sector employees now covered by negotiated agreements that would have expired in 2010, the BCGEU's ratified agreement represents significant progress and hard work on both sides of the negotiating table."

The agreement is consistent with the Province's 2010 mandate, with no wage increases over the next two years. This negotiated agreement also includes a renewal of the employment security process over the two-year term.

"B.C. Public Service employees are at the heart of delivering a wide range of services to the public," said Citizens' Services Minister Ben Stewart. "The ratification of this agreement demonstrates our employees' continued commitment to delivering those services to British Columbians."

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer with national recognition. The BC Public Service was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and Canada's Most Family Friendly Employers in 2010 and was named one of B.C.'s top 55 employers for the third consecutive year.

Government has already announced its intention to control spending on wages during this round of bargaining. To protect jobs and preserve vital services British Columbians depend on, government does not have any funding for new wage increases as collective agreements are renewed.

More than 200,000 workers are covered by contracts that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010.