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Bill C-4 Update

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday Bill C-4 was given Royal Assent.

Although the Bill has now become law, PSAC, in conjunction with other federal public sector unions, including the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees, are launching a legal challenge against Bill C-4 and its changes to labour relations.

PSAC will also be filing a complaint with the United Nations International Labour Organization, as Bill C-4 undermine's workers rights in Canada.

I have heard from many members about their concerns over Bill C-4 and the threats this Bill poses to our ability to negotiate. This is especially troubling, because we know that this government is looking at more job cuts, changes to our sick leave provisions and our pensions.

I ask that you continue to pressure your Member of Parliament on the importance of collective bargaining and on workers rights. Public service workers and their unions should not be used as a scapegoat to deflect public attention away from scandals, economic mismanagement and policies that benefit rich corporations at the expense of workers. 

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa,
PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President - Ontario