It's been almost two years since the Black Class Action (BCA) delivered its original statement of claim on systemic anti-Black racism and discrimination in the Public Service of Canada.
In March 2022, the Federal Court of Canada rejected previous attempts by the government’s lawyers to delay the proceedings by lumping all systemic discrimination cases together.
PSAC is committed to seeing justice carried out for our members despite the delay in court proceedings. In continued solidarity with our members, and with all Black federal public service employees who have been subjected to decades of employee exclusion and discriminatory hiring and promotional practices, PSAC has donated $50,000 to the Black Class Action. This is in addition to a $15,000 donation made early last year.
As Canada’s largest federal public sector union, PSAC represents the largest portion of the nearly 1500 plaintiffs.
PSAC will continue to fight anti-Black racism in the federal public service, including supporting the establishment of a mental health fund for Black federal public service workers to address racial trauma and an equitable representation policy to address the disproportionate absence of Black federal employees in executive and management positions. PSAC is also fighting for mandatory anti-oppression and discrimination training for all federal public service workers and managers at the bargaining table.