We are marking yet another bleak anniversary – the seventh year of the Phoenix pay disaster.
Seven years of Phoenix pay issues add insult to injury for federal workers fighting for decent wages
By Chris Aylward, National President, Public Service Alliance of Canada
PSAC members who have suffered personal or financial consequences due to Phoenix, whether they are current or former employe
We are in the second year of the government’s aggressive and heavy-handed plan to recover overpayments caused by Phoenix.
Thousands of retired and former PSAC members are eligible for up to $2,500 in Phoenix general damages but may not know they can make a claim.
PSAC is working with the Minister of National Revenue to establish a process to resolve the taxation of Phoenix damages.
PSAC has filed policy grievances against Treasury Board, Parks Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for their heavy-handed mismanagement of the Phoenix overpayment process.
The rushed Phoenix overpayment recovery plan launched earlier this year by the employer is already producing major errors and misleading information. Some overpayment recovery letters sent by the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) Pay Centre contain amounts that the employer has no legal recourse to recover as they are outside of the six-year limitation period.
In the fall of 2021, the Public Service Pay Centre launched the recovery process for Phoenix overpayments for thousands of PSAC members they believe were overpaid by the Phoenix pay system in 2016.
Every day, PSAC members come to our Phoenix team for help with their pay issues when they have nowhere else to turn.
After years of hard work, Sue Genereux earned her dream job — a coveted investigator position with the Transportation Safety Board. But more than two years of consistent Phoenix pay issues made the PSAC-UCTE member anxious and unsure if she could reliably support her family.
PSAC is encouraging members to fight for Phoenix general damages compensation to be tax-free by filing individual tax appeals to the Canada Revenue Agency this tax season.
On the sixth anniversary of the Phoenix pay disaster, PSAC is calling on the federal government to take urgent action – including providing ongoing damages compensation – to address the pay issues
After months of waiting, retired and former PSAC members finally have access to Phoenix general damages.
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