On Canada Day, The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is launching a national campaign to highlight the remarkable commitment of federal public service workers who continue to provide critical services to Canadians, despite more than two years of Phoenix pay problems.
Many Canadians are not fully aware of the terrible impact Phoenix has had on the lives of federal public service workers, but more importantly, the importance of the work they continue to do in the face of missed paycheques, fending off debt collectors, and endless stress.
“Our members continue to come in to work every day because they truly care about Canadians and the services they provide them,” said Chris Aylward, PSAC National President. “They know their work has a massive impact on people’s lives. They protect our borders, they make sure our food is safe, they support Canada’s most vulnerable citizens.”
“Most people would quit their job if their employer stopped paying them properly, but federal public service workers keep showing up to work day after day. We want to make sure Canadians everywhere know about their commitment and dedication.”
Despite their ongoing service to Canadians, the federal government continues to fall short of supporting federal public service workers suffering under Phoenix.
“We were clear with the government that if they continued their inaction on important issues with Phoenix, we would escalate our actions. The government continues to force our members to pay back the ‘gross amount’ on overpayments; they haven’t moved forward on paying the damages they owe them; and have yet to launch a public inquiry in order to prevent something similar from ever happening again.”
“It’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau to step up and show the same commitment to public service workers that they show Canadians every day.”
PSAC’s initial digital ads will be distributed across Canada throughout the summer on social media. A series of television and online video ads highlighting the dedication of PSAC members will also be released in the Fall of 2018.