*** Strike votes suspended ***
As the number of reported cases of the coronavirus rise in Canada, it is important that PSAC take precautions and act proactively to safeguard the health and safety of our members, as well as the Canadian public.
In keeping with recommendations from both local and national health authorities, the union has made the difficult decision to suspend activities that would require a large gathering of members.
All strike votes – including those for more than 90,000 federal public service workers from the PA, SV, TC and EB bargaining units – will be suspended until March 30, and at that time the union will re-evaluate whether to continue the suspension or resume the strike votes.
PSAC members deserve a fair deal, proper Phoenix compensation
A major stumbling block to reaching a tentative deal with Treasury Board is the government’s refusal to give PSAC members proper compensation for Phoenix and a fair wage increase. The government has yet to table wage increases that would ensure rises in the cost of living are met, and their Phoenix compensation proposal remains meagre and unequal across the public service.
But we know Treasury Board won’t budge unless we apply organized pressure. That’s why PSAC National President Chris Aylward has authorized a strike vote.
A strong strike mandate is the best way to reach a settlement quickly.
It will give the PSAC bargaining teams the leverage they need because the Trudeau government will want to avoid a labour disruption. The government is already in turmoil—they can’t risk even more disruption while they’re in a minority government situation.
Bargaining has dragged on long enough. It’s time to get what we’re owed.
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