We must protect our Charter and our rights!
In light of this recent attack by the government, our bargaining teams have decided not to engage in the round of negotiations scheduled for May 12-14.
We remain committed to negotiating our next collective agreement and have not walked away from the bargaining table. This bill is another example of this government’s disregard for human rights, unions and democracy. These attacks must end and it’s up to all union members, our allies, family and friends to stand up and take action – now, and in the weeks and months ahead.
The bargaining teams came together instead to engage in strategic discussions to demonstrate our opposition to Bill C-59. Actions included picketing Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre’s office and being present in the House of Commons when the NDP and the Liberals raised questions about the Conservatives’ disrespect for collective bargaining and our constitutional rights. As well, PSAC’s recent National Triennial Convention voted unanimously to use up to $5 million to protect members’ rights and promote public services.
Members from various bargaining teams attended question period in the House of Commons this week.
Bargaining teams will continue their discussions and further decisions on resumption of talks with the government will be taken in due course. In the meantime, we must stand strong before this employer to defend our rights, negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for our members and defend quality public services.
Take part in mobilization events organized by your union and other federal unions. Talk to your MPs and co-workers. Ask them what they think of Bill C-59 and your constitutional rights. For more information contact your PSAC local, regional office or our national website and check out the PSAC on social media.
United, we are stronger!