Union, City of Bathurst trading jabs as administrative lockout enters week 7


CUPE and the City of Bathurst are trading jabs as the lockout of 22 administrative workers continues.

In a release yesterday, the union says the City could have met the worker's wage demands without generating any new costs with Local 1282 President Guy DeSilva wondering if the lockout is quote - simply a cover-up from basic mismanagement.

The union says the Mayor suggested the lockout was in the interest of citizens to prevent tax increases and fight the deficit, but council and upper management were given wage increases.

The Mayor issued a statement in response yesterday, saying the increase for council was the result of an independent review, with management salaries reviewed against specific criteria on a yearly basis.

The City says it has offered a fair offer to the union, which the union rejected, resulting in the lockout