PSAC has asked for a court order to stop the government from going ahead with their plans to remove sick leave provisions from collective agreements in the federal public service. On August 10, the union filed a notice of motion with the Ontario Superior Court requesting an injunction against the sections of Bill C-59 (the 2015 budget implementation act) that allow Treasury Board to take sick leave provisions out of the collective bargaining process.
August 4, 2015
(Ottawa) The Public Service Alliance of Canada is calling on all Canadians to vote for a better Canada during this federal election. "We see this election as a turning point for Canadians and an opportunity to bring about real change," said Robyn Benson, PSAC National president. "Canada needs a government that will give Canadians real security in the form of good jobs with decent wages, access to affordable child care, and solid public programs like health care, pensions, and employment insurance," added Benson.
July 27, 2015
The Harper Conservative’s vision of Canada is cuts, cuts and more cuts. Between cuts to Veterans affairs, employment insurance, search and rescue, environmental protection, food safety and border security, the Harper Conservatives are bleeding Canada’s public services. For more, see http://votetostopthecuts.ca
July 23, 2015
PSAC recently launched an awareness campaign about the impact of the drastic cuts that have been made to public services. The Vote to Stop the Cuts campaign focuses on cuts to key services that have affected Canadians since the Harper Conservatives came into power: support for veterans, border security, search and rescue, Employment Insurance, environmental protection and food safety.
July 15, 2015
Almost 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that federal public service employees have a constitutional right to engage in political activity. At that time, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow these employees to take part in any political activities except casting their vote. The Court agreed that political activity is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedom’s guarantee of freedom of expression to individuals.
July 15, 2015
In 1991, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a Federal Court of Appeal decision that struck down restrictions on the political rights of federal public service employees. The Court also confirmed that restrictions on political activities should not apply to the vast majority of federal workers. Until 1988, the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) did not allow federal public sector workers to take part in political activities beyond simply casting their vote.
July 13, 2015
OTTAWA – The Public Service Alliance of Canada is today launching a nationwide campaign to remind Canadians about the impact of cuts to public services before they vote in the federal election. At the 2015 PSAC national convention, delegates directed the union to campaign and raise public awareness about the impact of cuts to public services by the Harper Conservatives.
June 17, 2015
PSAC opposes the new Standard on Security Screening Employees have a right to privacy. While there are some times when privacy rights have to be balanced with security needs, privacy must be protected unless there is a clear security-related reason. We believe the new Standard on Security Screening goes way too far and most of the measures are not necessary to ensure security. The government has not shown any need for these new measures.
June 3, 2015
National Public Service Week is supposed to recognize the importance of federal public service employees and celebrate their service to Canadians. Meanwhile, this government is gutting public services and trampling on our rights.
June 1, 2015
Treasury Board president Tony Clement needs to stop misleading Canadians about sick leave, says PSAC president Robyn Benson. See also: Federal government workers and sick leave: the facts “It's public service week, and instead of recognizing the important work these people do on behalf of Canadians, this government is accusing them of milking the system,” she said.