July 20, 2017

“In bargaining and politics nothing is ever really dead.”

That from the BC Nurses Union when asked if any talks will continue to get a contract extension.

Talks broke down last weekend after Premier Christy Clark went public with a desire to get nurses signed to a ten year deal.

BCNU President Deb McPherson says she wants four years, not ten, “A ten year deal has not been on my mind; I know government keeps floating it, I just can’t see what they could bring to the table that would be enough to make that happen, because we would need to have a provision to allow us in the interim to deal with all of the various changes in health care. The managers out there are restructuring every other day, who knows what is going to come out of the Federal/Provincial Health Accord.”

Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid denied any actual bargaining happened saying it was just an informal chat.

CKNW Vancouver News

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