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The House of Commons Government Operations and Estimates Committee has unanimously called for better protection for federal whistleblowers.

Their latest report, Strengthening the protection of the public interest within the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, addresses all of PSAC’s recommendations to the committee.

“Federal public service workers who have raised issues of wrongdoing have not received the support they deserve from their employer and have often suffered unjust reprisals as a result of their action,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson. “Employees need to be assured that if they speak up in the public interest, they won’t suffer as a result.”

PSAC National President Robyn Benson has met with the Ministers of the cabinet working group on Phoenix to discuss recommendations by the union for fixing pay system problems.

“This was an opportunity to share information that we are hearing from our members who work directly with the pay system,” said Benson. "I reiterated our recommendations, including the need to engage IBM to address the technological issues still plaguing the Phoenix system as well as ensuring the human resources capacity continues to be expanded and rebuilt.”

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its component, the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), have written to Prime Minister Trudeau demanding the government revisit its decision to contract out maintenance and other related services in new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans.

PSAC-UNDE have grave concerns about the scope of industry influence in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

“This shipbuilding plan puts significant military intelligence and operations in the hands of a private company,” says John McLennan, UNDE president. “It’s a security risk and a warning sign that more and more of our security apparatus could be sold to the highest bidder. That’s a trend we’re seeing throughout the Defence Policy Review.”

Our bargaining team met with the employer in Ottawa from June 20 to 22, 2017.

After much delay, the two parties met for three days in Ottawa and were able to sign off on a few amendments to the collective agreement including:

  • definition of the family
  • no discrimination
  • leave for family related responsibilities
  • bereavement leave

The Employer also removed their demand to roll-back sick leave provisions in the collective agreement.

We have taken the government to court. We have taken the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) before the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). Union members have picketed their workplaces – from Sarnia to Dorval Airport in Montreal, to PIA in Toronto, to downtown Vancouver. We have filed for a Public Interest Commission (PIC). Now is the time for us to take our message to MPs.

PSAC and CIU are organizing to take our message about the need for parity with other law enforcement agencies to cabinet ministers and other MPs this summer. Lobbying teams are being organized across the country. Other activities in support of our efforts to achieve a fair contract are also being organized.

PSAC celebrates the news that the Senate has finally adopted Bill C-16, which will enshrine trans rights into Canadian law. Bill C-16 finally passed the Senate on June 15, after passing the House of Commons in October 2016.

“This represents a huge step forward in defense of trans peoples’ right to work in an environment where they are respected and protected against prejudice and hate,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

Bill C-16 adds gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of distinguishing characteristics of “identifiable groups” protected by the hate speech provisions in the Criminal Code.

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