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On November 11th we commemorate Remembrance Day by reflecting on the sacrifices made by those who have served our country and the many that have lost their lives.

Every year, we come together to observe a moment of silence in honour of the brave men and women who have devoted themselves to defending our country.

I encourage all members to take part in a local service in your community (www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/events), to acknowledge the sacrifice of all those that have dedicated their lives to protecting us.

After almost two years after launching the disastrous Phoenix pay system, the government has finally rolled out basic training for all employees.

“This is the kind of training that should be provided before rolling out a new pay system, not two years after the fact,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “Now that it is finally available, the employer must act to ensure all employees are given the time and resources to do the training.”

PSAC reminds our members that they are entitled to take the training during their work hours.

PSAC is taking swift action in response to Treasury Board’s admission that it will not be meeting the implementation deadline for the PA, SV, TC and EB collective agreements. On behalf of the over 100,000 workers covered by these agreements, PSAC will file a complaint with the federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

The Senate has expressed its intention to move its payroll out of the federal government pay system. PSAC will closely examine the RFP (Request for Proposal) but we are very concerned and sceptical that the Senate is looking to a private company to perform payroll.

If the federal government were to contract out the work of public service workers, it would mean job losses for those affected by Phoenix and the very people struggling to make the pay system work.

The Liberal government has introduced a new bill, C-62, that will reverse the attacks made by the former Conservative government on the collective bargaining rights of federal public service workers.

“Our union has been telling the government it needed to do more than simply introduce legislation to fix laws the Conservative government used to diminish our bargaining rights,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “We expect to see this legislation passed and become law. Only then will these bargaining rights be fully restored.”

Recent revelations about Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s failure to both disclose all his financial assets and put his investments in a blind trust has renewed calls for the Liberal government to abandon Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act.

“Bill C-27 is an attack on the retirement security of Canadians,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “The government should be taking steps to build stronger retirement security for hard working Canadians, rather than putting forward legislation that puts pensions at risk.”