The state of federal buildings is completely unacceptable

Over the past few days, the media has reported illnesses among federal employees working at the Terrasses de la Chaudière office complex in Gatineau. The government has hired an engineering firm to investigate the numerous air and water quality, and mould and insect issues reported by public service employees located in these facilities.

In addition to the health hazards currently under scrutiny, many older federal facilities throughout Canada are also filled with asbestos. Even newer buildings are known to suffer from leaking and other issues.

"The inexcusable state of federal buildings across the country is an extremely concerning situation that can only be corrected by a long-term, and expensive, commitment on the part of the government," says Debi Daviau, PIPSC President.

We took part in employer consultations about the state of affairs at the Terrasses complex and we will continue to keep a very close watch on the situation.

"But no matter where they are located, PIPSC members must under no circumstances be exposed to unhealthy and hazardous work environments," continued Daviau.

"I expect the government to take immediate and decisive action to address these issues, no matter the cost. This could include moving employees to uncontaminated locations while renovations to their offices take place or providing them with greater flexibility to work from home until problems are resolved. I’m tired of short-term solutions and I want to see a detailed plan from the government right away."

As consultations continue, we will keep members informed about new developments.