PSAC is committed to fighting racism and promoting employment equity – in the workplaces we represent, within our own union and in society at large. When our members experience discrimination on the job, we file grievances and fight for their rights in the courts and at human rights commissions. Our union also provides opportunities for racially visible PSAC members network and engage in political action.
October 7, 2015
A ban on any religious symbol in the public service would contravene our collective agreements and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
August 27, 2015
Discrimination is an action or a decision that treats a person or a group negatively for reasons such as their race, age, disability, etc.
June 4, 2015
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is greatly encouraged by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report and subsequent “Calls to Action."
March 25, 2015
The International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers “the opportunity to honour and to remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system”. The day also raises awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. This year’s theme is “Women and Slavery”, which aims to:
March 4, 2015
PSAC member Mary Pitawanakwat worked as a social development officer for the Secretary of State in Regina until 1986. She had always received favorable performance reviews until she lodged a complaint for racial harassment against her supervisor. She was fired by the department two years later, after her complaint was rejected by the Public Service Commission. Pitawanakwat had also filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. It was initially refused, but a successful appeal forced the Commission to proceed with her complaint.
March 20, 2014
The Canada Border Services Agency discriminated against a PSAC member on the basis of his age, race and perceived obesity, thereby preventing him from securing permanent employment.
March 19, 2014
March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark this important day, PSAC is distributing a poster and backgrounder to our members in all regions.
September 16, 2013
PSAC is very concerned about the impact on its members who work for the Quebec public and para-public sector, and all Quebeckers, of the proposal by the Marois government to prohibit Quebec public sector workers from wearing conspicuous religious symbols at work.
October 1, 2009
The PSAC affirms that there are three distinct groups of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada today: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Each of these groups have their own languages, cultures, traditions and self-governing structures and each also has their own political agendas in their dealing with federal and provincial and territorial governments. The term Aboriginal Peoples should not be used to describe only one or two of the groups.