Your PNG negotiating committee has successfully completed bargaining a new Collective Agreement and a ratification meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Mackenzie Room 900 Canada Place Way (directly across the street from the PNG offices). Voting will start at the end of the meeting or at 5:30pm (whichever comes first) and continue until 8:00pm.
Here is the most important part of the agreement: We have been able to save 21 of the 54 layoffs announced on March 24, 2017 and also we have allowed a further 20 members to voluntarily leave with either the Voluntary Staff Reduction Plan (VSRP) or through voluntary severance.
We were also able to negotiate a protection from involuntary layoffs for the life of the agreement. The Company has the option to open the agreement for negotiation after 18 months, but only for a 30-day window.