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In a submission to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, PSAC has laid out its objections to a bill that threatens the retirement security of Canadians.

“Bill C-27 essentially gives employers the opportunity to replace defined benefit pension plans, which provide secure and predictable retirement income, with less secure target benefit pension plans,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “The government should be working to expand retirement security for Canadians, not threaten it.”

The Ontario Liberal government has announced proposed changes to our existing labour laws, including:

  • Increasing the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2019.
  • Equal pay would be mandated for part-time workers doing the same job as full-time workers.
  • After 5 years with the same employer, the minimum vacation would rise from 2 to 3 weeks per year.
  • Employers would be required to pay a worker 3 hours of wages if the employer cancels a shift with less than 48 hours notice. 
  • All workers would be given 10 personal emergency leave days a year, and a minimum of 2 of those days must be paid.
  • The extension of card-based certification to temporary workers, building services workers and community care workers. 

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a Treasury Board request for a judicial review of an adjudication decision that ruled certain employees were entitled to salary protection after being classified downwards.

On May 24, in a rare move, the Court issued its ruling shortly after hearing only the employer’s arguments. The Court did not need to hear PSAC’s presentation, as it was able to make its ruling on the basis of our written submission.

PSAC welcomes the news that the government has heard our demand to hire more staff for the Miramich

PSAC welcomes the news that the government has heard our demand to hire more staff for the Miramichi pay centre and the satellite pay centres. The government must also ensure that the Phoenix programming problems are addressed; otherwise federal public service workers will continue to experience disruption in pay.

PSAC has been pushing the government to sign four collective agreements by the end of May, but the employer is insisting they won’t be ready until mid-June at the earliest.  These agreements, covering over 100,000 workers, were ratified by the membership in votes that concluded in April.

PSAC still waiting for drafts of agreements

At this time, the final drafts of the agreement for the Program and Administrative Services (PA) Group and the agreement for the Education and Library Science (EB) Group are just about finalized.

PSAC is raising significant concerns with the government’s proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB).

“Private financing will double the cost of much needed public projects, leaving Canadians to pay the bill while private investors reap the rewards,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “The federal government can borrow directly at exceptionally low rates, but instead prefers this expensive approach that leaves important decisions behind closed doors.”