This year’s National Public Service Week (NPSW), being held between June 9 and 15, is happening while 140,000 PSAC members are fighting to reach fair collective agreements and proper compensation for the Phoenix disaster.
While the NPSW is supposed to celebrate and express appreciation for federal workers, the Trudeau government’s actions over the last year have done the opposite:
- Bargaining for 90,000 members covered by Treasury Board collective agreements and over 26,000 members at the Canada Revenue Agency has hit impasse, bringing strike action one step closer.
- Thousands more, working at the Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint, have experienced very slow progress in their respective contract talks.
- Negotiations for all PSAC members affected by the disastrous Phoenix pay system fell apart after the government insisted on a meagre compensation offer, even as the Parliamentary Budget Officer revealed that government workers and their families will continue suffering under Phoenix for at least another four years.
PSAC encourages members to participate in NPSW events and use them as an opportunity to send a clear signal to government that it has failed its own employees.
With the federal election quickly approaching this fall, there is no better time to send the government a message:
Let’s Get It Done!
PSAC has created stickers and leaflets to bring home this message during NPSW events across the country — contact your local to get a hold of them.
The original version of this article was first posted on the PSAC website.