About "special wage adjustments"
From time to time, members (or groups of members) who believe that their classification is appropriate but their salary scale does not adequately compensate them for their duties and responsibilities, come forward with what is called a “special wage adjustment request.”
Such requests can be brought forward as a bargaining proposal at a Local bargaining proposal meeting.
After negotiations begin, representative(s) from the affected group may be asked to make a presentation that outlines for the employer the basis for their request.
Two key considerations for successful special wage adjustment requests are:
- an inability of the employer to recruit and retain workers in the area, demonstrated through unfilled vacancies and high turnover rates, and
- favourable wage comparators, either internal to the Civil Service or external, so long as they are relevant.
While members are expected to make such presentations at the bargaining table and respond to questions by employer representatives, the MGEU may assist in the preparation of such presentations.