Striking UVic unions plan to shut down several buildings today
Sep 12 2012
UVic security workers on strike Tuesday.Photograph by: Darren Stone , Times Colonist
Unions plan to shut down several buildings at the University of Victoria today as support staff step up pressure on the administration to resume contract talks.
Canadian Union of Public Employees’ Local 951 issued a release this morning promising a “dramatic increase” in job action with multiple buildings behind picket lines throughout the day.
Pickets remain up at the Campus Security building with new lines now up at the Administrative Services Building and the Saunders Annex.
UVic reports on its website that a picket line went up outside the Administrative Services Building at 6:15 a.m. followed by one at the Saunders Annex at 9 a.m.
The Saunders Annex houses the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, UVic mail and messenger services, printing and duplicating, and purchasing.
The Administrative Services Building is home to university executive offices as well as accounting, research services, pension and payroll.
“Our strike seeks to achieve fair wages in the form of inflation protection and catch-up and we seek to achieve greater measures of job security in the face of deep budget cuts at UVic,” CUPE 951 said in its statement.
The university previously offered a four-year deal dating back to March 2010 with no increase in the first two years followed by a 3.5 per cent hike over the remaining two years.
The proposal mirrored the government’s offer to public service workers. But CUPE wants more.
“It’s not enough to be told we’ll get the same wage increases as government workers,” the statement said. “It’s time for UVic to rethink how it treats its employees and demonstrate heart and soul and understanding that we are people not just cogs in the UVic machine.”