Government tables “Go-to-work-sick” proposal
The government presented the same proposal to gut sick leave to all of the Treasury Board bargaining tables. Among other things, the government’s proposal calls for a short-term disability plan, the elimination of sick leave banks and a maximum of 37.5 hours of sick leave a year. All of the PSAC bargaining teams rejected this proposal.
Our SV bargaining team was back at the negotiation table with the Treasury Board from September 9 to 11. Discussions continued over the three days with questions being asked from both sides to clarify the proposals tabled.
We come to the bargaining table every three years or so to improve wages and working conditions for our members. We are interested in negotiating any provisions that will result in a healthier workplace and will improve the public service.
Our proposals are aimed at making improvements to our collective agreement, strengthening members’ rights in the workplace and defending quality public services.
Over the last several months, the government has misled and misinformed the public about public service sick leave.
Instead of denigrating the hard working people of the public service and cutting services to Canadians, the government should be strengthening public services and celebrating the workers who provide them.