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For many, the violence doesn’t stop when they get to work. Over half of those who’ve experienced domestic violence say that at least one type of abuse act has occurred at or near the workplace. This can include abusive phone calls or text messages, stalking, or harassment near the workplace.

Experiencing violence shouldn’t mean a loss of pay. Victims may need time off to attend medical appointments, get counselling, relocate, or meet with lawyers or police.

We celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10th. This is to commemorate the United Nations National Assembly adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

PSAC calls on the government to:

  1. Step up the hiring process and permanently expand the compensation capacity both in the pay centres and in departments
  2. Recognize that damages are owed to workers impacted by Phoenix
  3. Dedicate staff to helping employees decipher their pay and figure out what they are owed
  4. Stop recoveries of emergency salary advances until employees have received the pay they are owed
  5. Recover only the net pay of overpayments, instead of the gross pay

World AIDS Day, observed on December 1st of every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the HIV infection. It is also a time for reflection on what has been achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV – and what must still be achieved.

December 1st also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.

On December 6th, 1989, we commemorate and honour the lives of the 14 women murdered at Ecole Polytechniques in Montreal. The gunman responsible for this massacre systematically targeted females at the school and remarked “I hate feminists”. This was a somber day that highlights the ongoing crisis of gender-based violence.

This week, over 300 activists will gather in Ottawa for the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s triennial National Leadership Training. As part of this event, some of these activists will meet with Members of Parliament about the federal public service pay system.

“PSAC activists will bring the stories of our members to Parliament Hill so that MPs don’t lose sight of the impact the Phoenix debacle is having on the personal lives of federal public service workers,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “They will also share our demands for what the government must do in order to get people paid correctly and on time, as well as provide redress for the toll this has taken on the our members.”