PSAC has produced a video and other campaign materials to draw attention to the special dangers faced by workers in precarious jobs, including those in term, contract or other forms of short-term and insecure work arrangements.
A survey of PSAC members in precarious employment situations found they are much less comfortable raising a health and safety concern than workers with greater job security (56 per cent vs. 75 per cent). Similarly, precarious workers are four times more likely to anticipate a negative impact on their current employment if they were to raise a health and safety concern. Just under half the survey respondents said they were unlikely to be paid if they missed a day’s work which also contributes to increased exposure to health and safety risks.
These concerns were addressed in PSAC’s submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee’s 2019 budget consultations by proposing that the government take the following action:
- Reduce the use of temporary help agency workers and other types of external contract personnel in the public service, with a goal of eliminating it entirely
- Stop providing incentives to departments to create precarious work, by requiring that all workers (including “independent contractors”) have access to protections on the job, including the same health and safety standards, training, and benefits as employees.
- Establish a federal workers’ compensation scheme that applies to federal sector employees of all types (indeterminate, term, contract, casual, student) and to all workers who are employed by contractors to the federal government, that calculates compensation based on earning capacity at a full-time, and at least minimum wage rate, and not pre-injury earnings
PSAC will continue to fight for the right of precarious workers to have a safe and healthy workplace.