Phoenix delayed for RCMP employees in wake of union and worker outcry

Buckling under pressure from unions and RCMP civilian members, the federal government has agreed to delay moving employees onto the disastrous Phoenix pay system.

In an email sent out March 2, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the deeming of 4,000 RCMP civilian members into the public service – slated for May 21, 2020 – would be delayed indefinitely.

PSAC has repeatedly argued that under no circumstances should RCMP civilian members be moved from their stable pay system to Phoenix.  There is still a backlog of over 200,000 Phoenix cases to resolve and workers continue to experience new pay problems every day.

However, we expect the government to quickly set out a new timeline for RCMP CMs to join the federal public service – while continuing to be paid by their fully functional RCMP pay system.

More than 1,000 RCMP CMs expected to join PSAC are still without union representation and shouldn’t be kept in limbo as the government continues to delay the deeming process.



March 4, 2020