The B.C government will not decommission existing collective agreements between unionized hotel employees and their employers. The agreement will enter into force on 1 April and expire on 31 March 2022. “The government will not decommission existing collective agreements and ongoing negotiations in the hotel sector, including negotiations with Unite Here Local 40 and other unions,” Bains said, adding. “I am confident that all parties at the negotiating table will be able to reach an amicable solution and I invite both parties to meet as soon as possible to find a voluntary solution to this important issue.” Unite Here, which is currently negotiating six new collective agreements with different hotels or employers that have expired, has asked the province to amend the Employment Standards Act to allow employees to obtain a right to recall until they are actually recalled or 12 months after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement also provides improved mileage costs for municipal nurses. “In the face of devastating layoffs brought about by the unsuspected exceptional circumstances of a global pandemic, hotel unions support state intervention to ensure that unionized workers with intact seniority return to their jobs when the sector recovers and non-unionized workers in the sector share this protection,” she wrote. “Employers maintain the collective bargaining process, should be respected and any extension of recall rights must be negotiated.” According to banister`s report, employers in the sector believe that the collective bargaining process must be respected and that any extension of recall rights must be negotiated. The BC Nurses` Union says 54% of the more than 21,000 ballots cast in a ratification vote supported the agreement reached in November. “I decided that the best way to proceed was not to interfere in the collective bargaining process. I have always been clear that the best solution for all parties will be negotiated at the negotiating table,” provincial Labour Minister Harry Bains said in a statement. Recall rights are included in most collective agreements in the hotel industry and allow redundant workers to return to their workplace within a set period of time – usually between 13 weeks and 24 months – without loss of anority.
Banister concluded that the province will likely have to answer a number of difficult questions, such as whether the economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic and the resulting layoffs required government intervention to protect workers` recall rights. and whether, in the midst of a global pandemic, unionized workers have to negotiate additional rights or not, whether their collective agreements are open for extension? Nurses in British Columbia receive a two per cent annual wage increase in a new three-year collective agreement. M. Bains said, however, that the province has “taken significant steps to support employers and workers affected by COVID-19” and “made serious efforts to ensure there are resources for non-unionized workers,” including those in the hospitality sector. Unite Here, which represents hotel and hospitality workers in B.C, says 85 percent of its members are laid off and 50,000 hotel and non-unionized employees in B.C are at risk of losing their jobs. . . .