PSAC is very pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Treasury Board on the establishment of a joint task force on mental health.
PSAC tabled the proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health. Following negotiations this week with Treasury Board, the parties agreed on the makeup, responsibilities and timelines for the task force on mental health.
The task force, made up of an equal number of union and employer representatives, will have a long-term focus on the successful implementation of measures to improve mental health in the workplace.
“This is a major victory for our members and for all Canadians who depend on federal public services,” said Robyn Benson. “Through this joint task force, PSAC will ensure that the government lives up to its commitment for concrete action that leads to lasting change on improving mental health in the workplace.”
The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the responsibilities of the task force, which include identifying ways to reduce and eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving communication on mental health challenges in the workplace, and implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Negotiations will continue in May.