With over 140,000 PSAC members at the bargaining table with the Trudeau government, PSAC President Chris Aylward and Vice-President Magali Picard began a cross-country mobilization tour this week in British Columbia. In the coming weeks, our national representatives will meet with the membership from every region to discuss our bargaining efforts and support mobilization around those key issues.
A quick message from @ChrisNatPres and Magali Picard after our rally in Victoria today: The government must come to the table with an offer that is fair, respectful and decent! #cdnpoli #bclab pic.twitter.com/01TKpDycc9— PSAC BC Region (@psacbc) March 22, 2019
Since bargaining began nine months ago, PSAC’s bargaining teams have presented proposals to improve work-life balance, reduce precarious contract work, close wage gaps with the private sector, and ensure fair economic increases. Yet, for most of that time, the government has repeatedly delayed progress, and in late November made an insulting offer that would freeze wages for two years.
Very little progress has been made and the window for Trudeau to deliver on his commitment to respect public service workers is quickly closing.
“Over the last four years, Trudeau has said all the right things about the public service,” said Chris Aylward, PSAC National President. “But actions speak louder than words, and PSAC members are still waiting for him to deliver on his commitment to them. They’re still waiting to get paid properly under Phoenix and they’re still waiting to be compensated for all the hardships they’ve endured because of these countless pay problems. They shouldn’t also have to wait for the fair working conditions they deserve.”
With Federal elections coming this Fall, Justin Trudeau can still keep his commitment to public servants and the essential services they provide to the public, but time is running out.