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The federal government has confirmed it will not meet its October 31 deadline to clear the backlog of 80,000 cases that had accumulated as of June, due to the problems caused by the implementation of the Phoenix pay system.

30,000 outstanding cases

Marie Lemay, the Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement, made this announcement in a media briefing yesterday. In June, the government revealed that more than 80,000 people were being paid incorrectly – or not at all. There are still more than 30,000 unresolved cases outstanding.

The House of Commons has voted to pass Bill C-4, which will repeal two laws passed by the previous Conservative government. Members of Parliament voted 204 to 79 in favour.

This Bill C-4 will remove the roadblocks to unionization contained in the former Bill C-525 and the excessive reporting requirements designed only for unions in the former Bill C-377. Before the bill was introduced, the Liberal government announced late last year that it was waiving the reporting requirements for 2016.

The PSAC Social Justice Fund is offering a subsidy to four (4) young workers for the 2017 delegation of the next “Education In Action” project in Guatemala for 2 weeks in the spring of 2017.

If you know of a young member who would benefit from this opportunity, please forward the attached application to them (more information is provided about the project in the application).

Members who are selected will receive a subsidy from the PSAC Social Justice Fund, and will be asked to submit a short report with pictures on a particular topic which will then be posted as an educational piece on the PSAC Social Justice Fund website.

Last year, Mr. Trudeau wrote to all public service workers promising to treat them with respect and restore the cuts made by Stephen Harper. It has been a year since the election. The tone has changed, but it’s now time for action.

The federal government has promised that by October 31, 2016, all of the remaining cases of the Phoenix pay system will be resolved. You can see PSAC’s National Executive Vice-President, Chris Aylward discuss PSAC’s reaction to this promise on CTV.

PSAC will be holding a National Day of Action on October 31st, to remind the government of this promise and to demand that our members who have been affected be fully compensated. 

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is launching a series of radio and print ads today, appealing directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make good on his word to support public service workers.

"Last year, Mr. Trudeau wrote to all public service workers promising to treat them with respect and restore the cuts made by Stephen Harper,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It has been a year since the election. The tone has changed, but it’s now time for action."

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