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PSAC is calling on members to boycott the government’s National Public Service Week, to be held June 11 to 17, 2017.

Hollow recognition

The event is supposed to mark the importance of federal public service employees and to recognize their service to Canadians. Yet thousands of public service workers are still having financial troubles because of the Phoenix pay system.

“It seems hollow of this government to say that it recognizes public service workers while it still can’t pay their workers correctly and on time for the vital work they do,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President

Ontario parents with young children are one step closer to accessing affordable high quality child care with the provincial government’s recent pledge to take both immediate and longer term action to create a universal accessible child care system.

“Our union working hand in hand with a broad-based group of parents and child care advocates seized the political moment in this province to win an important commitment from government to expand the availability of child care while making sure it becomes affordable and of higher quality.” said Sharon De Sousa, Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The latest update on Phoenix, shows a large remaining backlog of cases. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided the latest information on the public service pay system in a media teleconference on June 2.

“We are not surprised,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It’s been almost 18 months since the government launched Phoenix and it feels like we are nowhere near the end of this mess.”

Large backlog of cases remains

According to the update, there are still 345,000 pay transactions in the system, which is about 265,000 more than they can process in any given month.

Due to a Phoenix pay system problem, members who ought to be in good standing have been rendered not in good standing because their dues have abruptly stopped (despite their continued employment). Unfortunately, it is impossible for Membership Administration to determine if dues have stopped due to a Phoenix glitch or if the member is on leave, retired, etc. 

Ontario passed legislation today that positions the province as a leader in fighting systemic racism and advancing racial equity for all.

The Anti-Racism Act, 2017 strengthens the government's commitment to identify and combat systemic racism in policies, programs and services and build a fair society where everyone is provided equal opportunity. 

Robyn Benson, National President of PSAC, has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to address the delay on the government’s part in signing four collective agreements.

“I believe that your promise to treat public servants with respect must be demonstrated beyond simple words,” said Benson in her letter to the Prime Minister. “I urge you to compel Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat to set a fixed date for the signing of all the ratified agreements within the coming weeks.”