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Finance Minister Kevin Falcon says the government is not ready to change its bargaining mandate despite a strike vote by the BC Government Employees Union.
Falcon says any raises must be offset by savings elsewhere.
He said "we think there's a way that we can get to an agreement that maintains no overall increase that provides modest wage increases based out of productivity improvements that we can negotiate at the table, and that's what we're trying to do."
BCGEU members have voted 82 % in favour of a strike, but no labour action is planned right now, and contract talks resume next week.