Timmins is the epicentre of the federal civil servants strike that began this morning. Two-hundred-and-sixty members of the Public Service Alliance are among the more than 150-thousand on picket lines. The Timmins local has members from Iroquois Falls and Kap.
On the line at Hollinger Park, strike captain Allana Porter says one big issue is remote work. The union wants contract language to allow members to work from home, especially single moms.
“Not everybody wants to work from home,” she acknowledges. “Not everybody has to, but we’re hoping that we can make it an option for those are working well from home and who it helps financially.”
Another major sticking point is salaries. The government is offering a 2.09% raise in each of four years. The union wants 4.5% in each of three years.
Members of the Timmins local process payments and staff the Service Canada office. Porter hopes the work stoppage ends soon, so that services to Canadians don’t slow down for long.
“We didn’t want to come on strike,” she comments. “We need to have a fair contract for everyone. So we’re just hoping that that’s what comes to the table and we can resolve this quickly.”
There’s much more from Allana Porter in the audio link to our interview below: