RCMP officers in North Vancouver are showing the federal government they wear the pants in the relationship.
Corporal Bryan Mulrooney, no relation to the former Prime Minister, says more than 70 officers are wearing non-uniform pants without a yellow stripe in protest of their paychecks.
“In the last decade or so, we’ve fallen from being that average of top three to 72nd place. And that’s of the 80 police forces in Canada that have more than 50 police officers employed.”
He adds those numbers are for wages prior to yesterday’s raise.
“We’re shooting to get parity. That’s the big thing. We’re not looking to be the highest-paid police force in Canada or anything, but we are the national police force. I can say we do a pretty good job of at what we do and we just like to be compensated the same as the other forces who do the same thing.”
Mulrooney believes the RCMP needs to create a union for their members.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the Treasury Board approved a retroactive 2.5 per cent raise over the last two years.
There is also a 2.3 per cent market adjustment for Mounties with the rank of Superintendent and below.