Dispute over wages at the CRA: Binding Conciliation Board makes its decision

The wage dispute between the CRA and the PSAC-UTE has finally been put to an end following a Binding Conciliation Board decision reached March 14, 2018.

On January 31, 2018 our PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team presented our case before the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board on the wage dispute with the CRA for wage increases for the years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

For the two years commencing November 1, 2014 and November 1, 2015, the Board awarded an additional 0.5% increase in both years over and above the 1% increase negotiated in the parties’ current collective agreement.


Current collective agreement

Additional increases awarded

Effective November 1, 2014



Effective November 1, 2015



*Please note that out of the 1%, 0.25% was in exchange of severance.

While this outcome is better than the additional 0.25% increase that was put forward by the CRA during the arbitration hearing, we are disappointed that the Board didn’t go further in addressing our wage proposal.

The CRA has a maximum of 150 days from today to adjust employees’ wages and pay out retroactive payments.

Our bargaining team will keep you informed throughout this process. Be sure to go to ute-sei.org and psacunion.ca for updates or sign up for email alerts. Also, should you have any questions, please contact your UTE Local President.



March 14, 2018