Labour costs too high in Qualicum Beach

I see where our town workers have voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action, presumably over wages and benefits.

I see where our town workers have voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action, presumably over wages and benefits.

Just how much more do these workers want? Pay rates and the many benefits they receive are very adequate for the services performed. As an example, according to the current contract, a custodian doing unskilled work under the present union agreement has a pay rate of $25.31/hour. Based on a 40-hour week this adds up to over $52,000 annually. Add to that 30 per cent (as I understand) for the very generous benefits paid by the employer, results in a total cost to the town of about $68,000 annually.

I certainly support paying well trained administrative staff along with certified trades people a wage competitive with the private sector, but in this instance along with many more of the town employees these wages are out of line.

I commend the town for not having given in to further unreasonable union demands and certainly support any effort by our representatives to control these escalating labour costs.

Jim BergotQualicum Beach

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