The SV bargaining team met with Treasury Board for four days this week. Although there was movement on some issues, the employer’s position has not changed on any of the important ones.
Treasury Board held to its position that the Workforce Adjustment Appendix does not require any changes. We strongly disagree, given the stress and turmoil that so many PSAC members faced during a four-year period of public sector cuts and layoffs.
Treasury Board’s position came in response to numerous PSAC bargaining proposals tabled to ensure that WFA operates in a fair, transparent and impartial manner.
“This is an insult, especially coming from a Liberal government that campaigned on the promise to restore respect to the public service,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
Our position on the employer’s short-term disability plan remains unchanged, but we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime.
In a meeting this week, the Coordinated Issues Committee, which includes representatives from all five PSAC bargaining teams for the core public administration, said that any short-term disability plan must reside in the collective agreement.
The employer has not yet tabled a response to our wage study proposal from April. They indicated that they would be in a position to respond at our next session.
We’d like to thank our SV members for their continued support. Their participation in the national actions on June 8 was a boost to our team’s morale and strengthens our determination to negotiate a fair contract without concessions.
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