Boycott National Public Service Week

PSAC is calling on members to boycott the government’s National Public Service Week, to be held June 11 to 17, 2017.

Hollow recognition

The event is supposed to mark the importance of federal public service employees and to recognize their service to Canadians. Yet thousands of public service workers are still having financial troubles because of the Phoenix pay system.

“It seems hollow of this government to say that it recognizes public service workers while it still can’t pay their workers correctly and on time for the vital work they do,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

That is why we strongly encourage our members to boycott National Public Service Week and to urge their co-workers to do the same. Instead, we are asking them to participate in the activities being planned by PSAC locals and regions for National Public Service Week. For more information, check with your PSAC regional office or component.

Phoenix must be fixed once and for all

The current Liberal government went ahead with the final rollout of Phoenix, despite calls from PSAC and other federal public service unions to halt the rollout until the problems were addressed.

While the government has recently announced more funding, there is still much more to be done.

PSAC demands that the government:

  • Fix the technological problems still plaguing Phoenix and provide a timeline for when the system will be fixed
  • Hire more staff in the Miramichi pay center, the satellite pay centres and in departments
  • Make a commitment to keep the satellite pay centres open permanently
  • Stop using temporary staffing agencies to staff the call centres. Instead, the government must hire and train workers to securely handle files so they can speak to affected employees about their cases.
  • Compensate employees for damages caused by Phoenix delays and mistakes, for lost interest due to delayed pay, and for the time spent dealing with Phoenix issues

Dedication of federal public service workers

PSAC would like to recognize the dedication of public service employees who are continuing to provide excellent service to the Canadian public, even as they suffer pay problems.

“Even when our members are not being paid properly, they are committed to serving Canadians,” said Benson. “PSAC is committed to doing everything in our power to help get our members get paid correctly and on time.”

Tell Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, to make fixing Phoenix his priority. Please send an e-card. You can also include your personal comments.


June 8, 2017