Nunavut Employees Union signs new collective agreement with Qulliq Energy Corp.

New contract retroactive to start of 2021, expires at end of 2024

Qulliq Energy Corp. and the Nunavut Employees Union have ratified a new collective agreement for over 160 workers, according to a Dec. 9 news release from the NEU. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Nunavut Employees Union has signed a new collective agreement with the Qulliq Energy Corp., covering more than 160 workers.

The four-year deal — which takes effect retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021 — provides a total salary increase of nine per cent by the time it expires Dec. 31, 2024, according to a Dec. 9 news release from the union.

It also includes two new leaves and changes to two special leaves.

The new Inuit cultural leave will provide two paid days for an employee to engage in Inuit cultural pursuits, such as hunting, fishing or harvesting.

The new family abuse leave will provide five days paid and five days unpaid to allow employees to take time to address their health, safety and security.

For special leaves, the new collective agreement allows the accumulation of leaves at an improved rate per hour, matching the GN’s collective agreement. Special leave will also be granted to an employee escorting a member of their immediate family flown out for emergency medical care.

“The NEU was pleased to present a fair deal to our members working for QEC,” union president Jason Rochon said of the new agreement.

“I would like to personally thank the members of the NEU bargaining team for the hard work that led to a deal that was ratified by their coworkers.”

The agreement was ratified by union members Sept. 29 and applies to QEC employees including plant operators, powerline technicians, power systems electricians, heavy equipment operators, technicians and billing clerks.

Government of Nunavut minister responsible for QEC, Craig Simailak, said the “new contract represents fairer benefits for Nunavummiut who work tirelessly to deliver a critical service to our territory.”


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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Freeze in the Dark on

    Another less-than-inflation contract.
    At first glance, cutting real wages, will drive away southern-born workers, opening more positions for those born in Nunavut.
    But those northern-born who have experience and qualifications do not need to stay, either.
    The only employees QEC will be left with are those who lack the education, qualifications, and experience to work elsewhere.
    How do you think that will end?

  2. Posted by John WP Murphy on

    If the agreement did not allow for a COLA as well as a basic increase, the membership should fire the negotiation team and its executive.

  3. Posted by One of these things is not like the other on

    Funny, a 9% increase over 4 years for Qulliq employees while GN employees got 9% over 6 years.

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