SV Bargaining: team proposes improved working conditions and work-life balance

September 28, 2021

The Operational Services (SV Group) continued bargaining with Treasury Board on September 21-23, 2021, discussing fair wages, improved working conditions and work-life balance.

The bargaining team proposed several improvements, including: 

  • Fair wages, allowances and premiums by closing the gap between SV members’ wages and those in the private sector while protecting and improving access to overtime, premiums, and allowances. 
  • Improving ships’ crews’ working conditions by addressing issues stemming from time spent at sea. The bargaining team is also pushing to have existing leave policies, such as Family Related Responsibility Leave, altered to make sense for the types of schedules worked by ships’ crews. 
  • Expanding flexible working arrangements to ensure members have access to numerous options to do their work where and when it is possible, all while making sure this doesn’t come at the cost of existing premiums and allowances or a healthy work-life balance. 
  • Strengthening protections against contracting out and finding ways to increase the recruitment and retention of employees in SV positions. 

The SV bargaining team returns to the table October 25-28, 2021. 

PSAC is committed to negotiating a fair deal that addresses the issues raised by members at the National Bargaining Conference, and rejecting any concessionary proposals from the employer. 

Show your support

Meet your SV bargaining team, learn why they got involved in this round of negotiations and show your support by using our virtual background for all your work meetings and swapping out your social media profile picture: 

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To ensure that you receive all updates, make sure to keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to receive all the latest updates as we negotiate your next contract. 

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