The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased with the release of the Mental Health Joint Task Force report today. It is an important step in improving federal public service workplaces.
Task Force created through collective bargaining
PSAC pushed for the establishment of a joint task force in the current round of bargaining with Treasury Board. An agreement was reached in March 2015.
The task force, made up of an equal number of union and employer representatives, has a long-term focus of improving mental health in the workplace, in alignment with the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Members have high expectations
The report provides recommendations on renewed leadership, engagement, and education on the issue of mental health. It also addresses training and workplace practices, communication and promotion, and accountability.
“Improving the health and well-being of public service employees is a long-standing priority for PSAC members. We are very pleased with the progress the task force has already made, as reflected in the report released today,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
“The federal public service unions look forward to following through on the recommendations of the taskforce on an equal footing with the Government of Canada.”
“Our members have high expectations and will be watching the process closely,” concluded Benson.
- The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was launched in January 2013.
- In the fiscal year 2013-14, approximately 40 per cent of all Employee Assistance Program services were related to psychological health.
- The National Joint Council of the Public Service of Canada is an employer-union collaborative forum to address issues of mutual concern.