Letter to Commissioner Lucki from Debi Daviau

On May 1, 2019 President Debi Daviau communicated our strong opposition to moving RCMP civilian members to the failed Phoenix pay system. RCMP Commissioner Lucki responded May 16 indicating her plans to go ahead

We are not backing down, and President Daviau has responded making that clear below:

Brenda Lucki,
Commissioner Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCMP National Headquarters
73 Leikin Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

July 25, 2019

Commissioner Lucki,

Thank you for your prompt reply to my May 1, 2019 letter regarding the eventual transfer of some 1300 Civilian Members (CMs) of the RCMP represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada to the Phoenix pay system.

I recognize that the RCMP, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) have taken a number of steps to mitigate the effects of the disastrous Phoenix system on federal employees. These actions have proved insufficient in resolving the pay issues experienced by hundreds of thousands of public servants across Canada. Progress in this regard has been incremental at best.

The size of the backlog of unresolved pay issues at the Public Service Pay Centre, the recent signing of several large collective agreements without the last round of agreements even yet being fully implemented, and the government’s own ongoing search for a replacement system unmistakably signal the need to stay away from Phoenix, not to add to its already unmanageable workload.

Given this sad state of affairs, I can only disagree in the strongest terms with your statement that “it would be premature to make decisions concerning the pay system”. On the contrary, the ability to pay its employees correctly and on time should be an immediate concern for the RCMP, not an afterthought.

Nearly 600 PIPSC members working at the RCMP have emailed you urging that all plans to switch Civilian Members to the disastrous Phoenix pay system be abandoned. I hope you will take into consideration their grave concerns and make the right decision.

This issue must be resolved as soon as possible, and I have asked my staff to contact your office in order to set-up a meeting in the days ahead. 


Debi Daviau
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada