As you may have heard or read, many members of the RCMP are staging a passive protest of government’s long-promised but inadequate new pay package by removing or covering the yellow stripe on their uniform blue – while still serving their communities.
The NPF supports all members’ right to protest. Although the NPF’s resources are limited at this time, we are over 4,600 members strong and growing hourly – and together we will do all we can to have your back; if you or any of your colleagues are reprimanded or penalized for this protest, please contact us at email@example.com.
Members are telling us the no-stripe campaign is about more than pay. It’s also about:
- An 8 year effective pay freeze and the related uncertainty for members and their families for almost a decade, followed by a surprise announcement of a pay package well below inflation;
- The lack of human, equipment and supply resources that requires field-level RCMP to manage and mitigate risk to colleagues and communities;
- Rising detachment attrition rates with no clear plan to improve or increase recruitment;
- Inconsistent and even prosecutorial use of the disciplinary process to effectively “manage by Code of conduct”;
- The delays by Government to respond to Bill C-7 which will provide the framework for RCMP members to form an association;
- The RCMP’s imposition on an internal communication ban regarding any information about associations and organizing;
- And ongoing overtime that creates unacceptable and unsustainable working schedules for the members affected and their families
In summary, this pay package exemplifies an ongoing abuse of RCMP members’ “esprit de corps” and our shared belief that members will get the job done because of our passion for the RCMP, our country and our communities.
RCMP members are exceptional and committed men and women, but we also have responsibilities to our families and ourselves.
This no-stripe movement is an admirable and passive expression of our discontentment with the ongoing lack of respect and appropriate compensation demonstrated by RCMP leadership and government.
We have a unique and imminent opportunity to broadcast our dissatisfaction directly to the RCMP executive as well as local, provincial and federal Governments.
Depending on members’ actions, we can preserve this dysfunctional and disrespectful status quo or elect an effective national voice to represent members across Canada to improve pay, resources, overtime. and support when times get tough.
Here are three other things you can do …
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