Resident doctors ratify agreement under Shared Recovery Mandate
Members of Resident Doctors of BC and the Health Employers Association of BC have ratified a new agreement under government’s Shared Recovery Mandate.
Resident Doctors of BC represents more than 1,400 medical graduates who participate in a graduate educational program leading to qualification for independent practise as a family or specialist doctor.
Key priorities of the 2022 mandate include:
- protecting the services that people in British Columbia depend on;
- improving health care and preparing for future needs and challenges; and
- supporting a strong economic recovery that includes everyone in B.C.
Negotiations are focused on providing a fair and reasonable offer to public-sector workers that includes significant inflation protection, while ensuring that government has the resources to continue to invest in building a stronger province for everyone.
The ratified agreement includes:
- three-year term – April 1, 2022, until March 31, 2025;
- general wage increases:
- Year 1 – a flat increase of $0.25/hour, which provides a greater percentage increase for lower-paid employees plus 3.24%
- Year 2 – 5.5% plus a potential cost of living adjustment to a maximum of 6.75%
- Year 3 – 2% plus a potential cost of living adjustment to a maximum of 3%
- a negotiable flexibility allocation for as much as 0.25% in years 1 and 2 to support mutually beneficial outcomes for both parties;
Other achievements in this round of negotiations include the addition of mental-health benefits and other extended health improvements to support resident health and wellness, and a new technology stipend and increased professional expense benefits to support resident training.
Currently, more than 230,000 public-sector employees are covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under B.C.’s Shared Recovery Mandate.
To learn about public sector bargaining in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/psecbargaining