Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Yesterday afternoon we met with SGI. We had requested this meeting as a follow up to the concerns raised by our Members on the “High Level talks that were reported in the media about the partial sale of SGI. We expressed our disappointment that we heard that there were now 16 companies that have expressed an interest in a partnership with SGI through the media. SGI did apologize to the Union and called it an oversight that we had not been notified prior to reports surfacing in the media and again we were assured that we would be notified if anything changes.
We were told by Andrew Cartmell “They are not high-level conversations; in fact, they were preliminary phone calls. There have been many media reports that the crowns are for sale and companies are out there are looking for opportunity. We have specific needs in the insurance industry and it makes no sense to take on a partner unless certain criteria are met, and in the case of the 16 calls none fit our requirements. “
We expressed our concerns with recent media reports of Management receiving bonus’s while the same media is talking about the government coming after our wages.
We shared many of the fears that our membership has been relaying to us via phone calls or emails.
We did touch on bargaining quickly and we agreed to provide some dates to meet at the table by the end of August. If you have any suggestions on bargaining issues please have them emailed to the office before August 14th 2017.
I thank you all for your patience and understanding as we are going through some very challenging times. We will have more news about an upcoming coalition effort with the other Crown Unions. Remember “Together We Are Stronger”
We encourage anyone with questions to send in an email or phone the office.