08 Apr Bc Crown Counsel Association Agreement
(3) Subject to instructions from ADAG or any other Crown advisor appointed by ADAG, any crown counsel is authorized to enter into the Crown Counsel Agreement, the agreement reached on January 5, 2001 by the government and the BCCCA pursuant to Section 4.1 of the Crown Counsel Act, which was extended until March 31, 2005 pursuant to Article 3 of this agreement. The government has made it clear that it is not because we have been looking for tariffs. Although they don`t know why they did it, it`s easy to understand. The Crown Counsel Association has a collective strength that has been denied to us so far. It is clear that the government does not want to exceed an annual mandate of 2%, including breaking the link between the salaries of provincial judges and the salaries of the Crown attorney, or ourselves, or both. They`re not sure they can do that at the Crown Counsel Association, so they hope it stays with us. (c) monitor the prosecution of offences committed or committed by persons who are not Crown prosecutors and, where required by the interests of justice, to intervene and execute those prosecutions. 3 (1) Subject to Section 2, the BCCCA and the government may vary by mutual agreement. I find it interesting that the Ministry of Finance, in its appointment of 4 June, has opened a gap in the door of “no” to our collective aspirations to influence our working conditions instead of letting them decide for us. They are open to wage changes “negotiated between the employer and each partner designated for legal counsel.” We will see if this is a weakening of their position on our rights to freedom of association.
Lawyers who have been at the branch for some time remember that we did not always have salaries that were competitive with those in the private sector or other provinces (interested individuals can find out more about our site). The salaries of chief councillors have more than doubled since 1994, well above the rate of inflation. The Crown Counsel Association had to participate in Walkouts and be regulated by law to move forward.