The Public Interest Commission (PIC) issued its report with non-binding recommendations for PSAC-UTE to reach a settlement with Canada Revenue Agency February 14. The recommendations are intended to guide the parties in negotiations and help provide an avenue to make progress towards an agreement.
However, the Commission did not provide specific recommendations for either side to reach a settlement, and didn’t address PSAC-UTE's key bargaining issues, including fair wages that keep pace with inflation, telework, enhanced job security and better work-life balance.
The PIC report also states that, for there to be a return to negotiations, “the logjam must be broken first – either by a decision of the parties to re-evaluate or by the introduction of some pressure into the system.”
Until the Agency comes back to the table with a mandate to address the critical issues we’ve identified from the outset and referenced in our PIC submission, we remain at impasse, and we’ll continue to hold strike votes to secure a strong strike mandate, break the logjam and pressure the employer to reach a fair contract for PSAC-UTE members.
Over our last two rounds of bargaining, we’ve needed to take strike votes to force this employer to negotiate meaningfully. This round is no different.
When Canadians needed us most, we stepped up to deliver historic financial aid to millions of people during the pandemic.
Now, the government needs to be there for us.
Register today for strike vote sessions across the country being held both in-person and virtually until April 7, 2023.