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Health and Safety

If you are interested in getting involved with Health and Safety issues in BC or would like more information about H&S in the BC Region, send us an email. The BC Regional Council Health and Safety Coordinator is Linda Harding and Sharon Barbour is the PSAC staff person with the H&S portfolio in BC. Scroll down this page for H&S related information and and news.

October 29, 2013 - 12:46pm •
PSAC held a press conference on Friday, October 25, speaking out against the changes to labour law contained in the Budget Implementation Act. We received extensive media coverage, including the following articles:
October 28, 2013 - 12:36pm •
The lives of almost one million Canadian workers will be placed in danger as a result of cynical amendments that the Conservative government is making to the Canada Labour Code. Buried deep in the government’s latest budget bill tabled on October 22 are amendments to the health and safety provisions of the Code that have nothing to do with balancing the budget, and everything to do with putting workers’ lives at risk.
July 5, 2013 - 2:39pm •
Almost 70 health & safety activists in BC attended the 2012 PSAC BC Regional Health & Safety Conference, held February 25-26 in Richmond. They heard from guest panellists, including Dr. Gary Naime, one of North America's foremost authorities on workplace bullying, attended workshops, and planned for H&S activities in the BC Region. Download the full report below.
June 3, 2013 - 4:25pm •
The B.C. Federation of Labour Occupational Health and Safety Centre is seeking applicants to fill a five day per week term position with the Centre’s Occupational Health and Safety program for young workers.The position is beginning Monday, August 19, 2013 for a one year term with possible extension and is part of the USW 2009 bargaining unit at the B.C. Federation of Labour, salary and benefits are reflected in the appropriate Collective Agreement.Details in the attached letter below.
May 9, 2013 - 2:09pm •
Here are the Regional Council reports presented at the April 2013 Regional Council meeting.
April 25, 2013 - 5:03pm •
The following is re-posted from Headwinds, a blog written by the PSAC Alliance Executive Committee - the National President, National Executive Vice-President and seven Regional Executive Vice-Presidents.
March 18, 2013 - 8:42am •
Sick leave is a negotiated benefitSick leave provisions in collective agreements are a negotiated benefit for public sector workers who get sick; they are not a benefit for those who are healthy. Sick leave ensures workers are well enough to provide quality public services.Any changes to the current sick leave provisions are a matter for negotiations between the PSAC and the federal government
February 28, 2013 - 2:55pm •
February 28, 2013 is the 14th International RSI Awareness Day – a day set aside each year to focus attention on repetitive strain injuries.This year we are looking at progress made to regulate working conditions that lead to repetitive strain injury.PSAC has been pushing for the federal program responsible for labour to establish an ergonomic regulation since 1995 to help reduce the incidence of repetitive strain injuries in federally-regulated workplaces.
February 25, 2013 - 12:26pm •
The PSAC is calling on the government to suspend HRSDC’s Integrity Branch house calls and reverse harmful changes made to the Employment Insurance system.Drastic government changes to EI legislation are hurting recipents, causing undue stress and putting EI workers at risk.
January 15, 2013 - 9:45am •
Media coverage of the recent meat recall at XL Foods Inc. in Brooks, Alberta has focused primarily on public food safety. Justifiably so, considering that the meat processed by XL Foods is shipped to more than a dozen countries. But little has been said or heard about the invisible, voiceless workers — many of whom are temporary and foreign — toiling behind the walls of the plant.


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