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In its 2018 budget, the federal government promised “to address the real mental and emotional stress and unacceptable financial impacts” Phoenix has had on federal public service workers. That was over two months ago. While PSAC was encouraged by the uptick in discussions after the budget was released, progress has since stalled.

PSAC has long campaigned for LGBTQ2+ rights, and we have won some notable victories in recent years. Gender identity and gender expression are now protected human rights grounds in Canada. Moving forward, our union will work to ensure that these rights are realized in the workplace.

“For more than two years our members have endured countless hardships because of the Phoenix pay system fiasco, but they continued to show up to work every day and deliver the critical services Canadians depend on,” said PSAC National President Chris Aylward. “We expect the Liberal government to come to the table with a deal that reflects that level of commitment and the value of their work.”


National Public Service Week (NPSW) will take place this year from June 10 to 16, 2018. This year PSAC has chosen not to boycott the Employer’s events, but instead use those events to highlight the ongoing pay problems by the Phoenix Pay System.

If you paid a higher rate of income tax due to receiving a portion of your 2016 salary in 2017, you can now submit a claim for the difference between what you paid, and what you should have paid had your salary been paid to you on time. Please make sure you have your correct 2017 notice of assessment before submitting the claim.

On May 1, 1886, unions in the United States launched a general strike to demand an eight-hour workday. It was a time when the right to organize and strike did not exist. A few days later, police violently broke up a peaceful mass meeting at Haymarket Square in Chicago where 80,000 workers had gathered. A number of people were killed and many injured.  Shortly thereafter 7 labour leaders were arrested and four of them were executed by hanging.  One chose to take his own life while in custody.