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Failing to meet deadlines

During this round of bargaining, the employer was expected to come to the table ready to negotiate with new classification standards and job descriptions for the PA group. The employer has failed to meet that obligation, which has led to the filing of the policy grievance.

PSAC’s long-standing objectives on classification reform continue to be:

  • replacement of the current, very outdated Treasury Board classification system;
  • development of job evaluation standards and job descriptions that reflect current work realities and that are pay equity compliant.

Now that collective bargaining has resumed we will be addressing this issue at the negotiation table in addition to enforcing the existing contract.

The call centre established in the wake of Phoenix had been staffed through a temporary staffing agency. These untrained employees worked from scripts, with no capacity to provide any meaningful information to our members in need of support. This only served to exacerbate the frustration of those dealing with pay problems.

As a result of pressure from PSAC, the government committed to moving this work from the contracted-out call centre to the federal public service, and we continued to hold the government to account until the new system was implemented.

The webinars will take place on July 17, 2018, in French and July 18 in English and will cover two topics:

Many Canadians are not fully aware of the terrible impact Phoenix has had on the lives of federal public service workers, but more importantly, the importance of the work they continue to do in the face of missed paycheques, fending off debt collectors, and endless stress.

Please submit your proposals for changes to Andrea Dean by no later than Friday, November 16, 2018, attached is an Input Call Form. We will also post a short notice of the input call on the PSAC’s website along with the Form.

The proposed changes will be compiled and vetted by the Ad hoc NJC Committee to the NBoD as well as the PSAC Representative on the NJC Government Travel Committee prior to being consolidated with the proposals from other bargaining agents.

PSAC is calling on the government to focus on the following key considerations to ensure the success of the MMIWG Inquiry:

  • There needs to be informative, transparent and accountable communications throughout the MMIWG Inquiry.
  • Priority must be given to listening to the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. Their needs must be placed at the forefront of the investigation, which includes culturally-based counselling and trauma support for witnesses.
  • The Inquiry must include the development of a national action plan to end violence against Indigenous women.
  • The Government of Canada must fully implement all recommendations made in the Inquiry.