At the beginning of 2020, the planet was hit by a highly contagious and extremely deadly virus. COVID-19 threatened every aspect of Canadians’ lives, from their ability to keep their families safe and healthy to their ability to put food on the table.
Through it all, PIPSC members were there – even as we struggled with the impacts the pandemic was having on our own lives.
We worked steadily to roll out CERB benefits, develop mass testing methods, develop life-saving vaccines, and manage risky outbreaks.
Together we rose to this challenge, like we rise to every challenge because we’re proud public service professionals and that’s what we do.
We did all this while navigating faulty pay systems and salaries that aren’t keeping up with skyrocketing inflation.
We have supported this government at every turn, but they continue to take us for granted.
- For 6 years they haven’t paid us correctly, but we continue to do our job.
- They sent us home at the start of the pandemic without proper tools, support or desks, but we made it work.
- They called many of us essential, then refused to fast-track our vaccinations or act on our concerns about unsafe working conditions. We continued to show up.
- They promised a new era of collaboration, then bulldozed through their return-to-office order that we’re supposed to be negotiating at the table.
- They rely on our knowledge and expertise to bolster their reputation, and then spend $12 billion outsourcing our good jobs and de-professionalizing the workplace.
Enough is enough.
We are asking the employer to demonstrate a commitment to keep the public service on pace with the changing times – and allow it to keep delivering excellence to Canadians.
Our requests are not unreasonable, or unrealistic. We are looking for respect and recognition for our hard work.
Without these gains, the public service risks falling behind.
We are asking for the pay we deserve, the leave we need, and the flexibility to keep giving our best. We’re asking for a better deal.
But we have to be ready to fight for it. The experience of other federal public service unions at the table tells us it won’t be easy. This government will continue to try to short-change us.
We have set up this page to act as a one-stop shop for PIPSC members during this round of central bargaining. It will provide clear expectations for what the process will look like, jumping off points for more information, links to shareable resources, and opportunities to get more involved.