As concerns for the safety of Canadians and workers at overcrowded Service Canada centres reached new heights this week, the government decided to close these offices for regular walk-in traffic without pre-screening. PSAC and its component union CEIU believe this measure will protect the public and its members from contracting COVID-19, and will not negatively impact the ability of vulnerable Canadians to receive the support they need at this critical time.
Communications and Political Action
March 23, 2020
PSAC is calling on the federal and territorial governments to bolster access to healthcare and housing immediately to protect northern communities from the COVID-19 virus. Northern healthcare workers must also be provided with emergency medical supplies such as test kits, masks, hand sanitizers, ventilators and other necessary equipment to help them manage a potential outbreak. All workers who aren’t deemed critical should also be able to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus.
March 20, 2020
On this day in 1960, the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against racist apartheid laws. Six years later, the United Nations proclaimed March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
March 12, 2020
The FB bargaining team continued to push for greater protections against harassment and abuse of authority by management during negotiations with Treasury Board/Canada Border Services Agency March 9-12. Yet despite buzzwords like promoting inclusion, respectfulness and the elimination of harassment in CBSA’s 2020-2021 Department Plan – unveiled this week – there was little evidence of a tonal shift on these or other issues at the bargaining table.
March 11, 2020
Strike votes have been suspended until further notice.
March 6, 2020
Following a Public Interest Commission (PIC) report that backs the union’s demand for crucial wage adjustments, the Public Service Alliance of Canada will begin holding strike votes for civilian hospitality workers at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. In a resounding victory for Non-Public Funds (NPF) workers, the Commission has sided with PSAC, calling on the government to fix wage gaps for employees whose wages lag far behind their peers in the industry.
March 6, 2020
International Women’s Day is a time to look back on the victories and struggles that have led to greater gender equality in Canada and around the world. It is also a day to remember that there is still much more work to be done to achieve equality for all women.
March 4, 2020
Buckling under pressure from unions and RCMP civilian members, the federal government has agreed to delay moving employees onto the disastrous Phoenix pay system. In an email sent out March 2, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the deeming of 4,000 RCMP civilian members into the public service – slated for May 21, 2020 – would be delayed indefinitely.
February 14, 2020
Our bargaining team was very surprised – to say the least – to see CRA’s email to all staff regarding our current negotiations.
February 11, 2020
The most recent results from the Public Service Employee Survey show that, despite some improvements over the years, significant barriers remain for marginalized groups. The annual survey, which asks questions about peoples’ experiences at work, provides a picture of the reality facing workers from diverse groups, and that picture is not always a rosy one.