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After months of stalling, Minister Judy Foote finally met with National President Robyn Benson on August 19 to discuss the on-going problems with the Phoenix pay system. At the meeting, Benson told the Minister to commit to providing the necessary resources to fix the Phoenix, and apologize to the affected workers.

PSAC National President Robyn Benson and Government Services Union President Donna Lackie visited workers at the Miramichi Pay Centre and held a town hall meeting to hear the members’ concerns.

Pay centre workers talked about the “host of issues” that are causing pay problems. Problems with the software, inadequate training, incomplete information from government departments, and understaffing have all led to a backlog of more than 80,000 federal workers being improperly paid.

At 4:30 on Friday morning, after four years of negotiations, our bargaining team finally reached a Tentative Agreement with the CRA. Our bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of our new agreement.

Highlights of our tentative agreement

On August 9, PSAC and thousands of citizens across the globe participated in the World Social Forum (WSF) opening march in Montreal.

The march kicked off the Forum and sending a strong message: we can help build a better world.

“We are well aware that implementing the Phoenix pay system has created serious financial consequences and significant stress for many of our members and other federal public service workers,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “We have been putting a lot of effort into getting the government to make this right for our members.”

PSAC, together with the other federal public service unions, has been pushing the government to compensate those hurt by the implementation of Phoenix.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada joins Indigenous Peoples in recognizing the importance of the newly-launched National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The union also supports the suggestions of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and other groups to improve the scope and inclusiveness of the inquiry, including: