The Government of Canada paused return to office plans due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Now, PIPSC and 12 other federal unions are advocating for clear and consistent telework guidelines from the Chief Human Resources Officer. Any workers that can perform their duties from home right now should be working from home. These guidelines should be applied equally across regions and departments.
Essential workers also need to be prioritized for vaccine booster doses. Booster doses are recommended to increase protection against the Omicron variant. Many critical and essential workers cannot get booster doses right now because they do not meet their province or territory’s criteria. The federal government needs to step up to help them get a booster dose without delay.
We sent a letter to Treasury Board President Mona Fortier to address these concerns.
You can also read the President of the Treasury Board’s response.