As you’ve no doubt heard or read, Treasury Board approved 1.25% pay increases for 2015 and 2016, and a 2.3% market adjustment, effective April 1, 2016. Not surprisingly, this package is sadly similar to other public service unions and clearly does not take into account the RCMP’s role as Canada’s national police force which is not like other arms of the public service.
This does very little in moving the RCMP into a competitive salary range to attract and to retain qualified candidates. This new pay package will have minimal impact in advancing us from 72nd out of 80 Canadian police forces on pay. This means many urban members still make $15,000 to $20,000 less than officers in neighbouring municipalities, and leaves RCMP members who are serving in remote and rural areas significantly underpaid for the challenges they face every day, week and year.
The top two concerns we hear about from members across the country are pay and resources. This pay package falls far short of fixing either issue.
The only thing this does accomplish is to remove uncertainty around long-delayed 2015 and 2016 increases, which allows members to move forward to organize.
The National Police Federation will make fair pay and resources our top priority for all members. To ensure the safety of the communities we serve – and the safety of RCMP members – we need to negotiate a pay package that respects our role as Canada’s national police force and not as public servants.
Now is the time to organize. Now is the time to join NPF.