I am pleased to report that yesterday’s federal Budget committed $16M towards the building of an alternative pay system to replace the disastrous Phoenix.
I see this as a glimmer of hope in a long two years of constant stress and financial worry for our members. We told the government that our members had lost confidence in Phoenix. We told it to Nix Phoenix and they listened. We deserve better!
The project promises to engage experts and unions in the development of a new system. PIPSC will work hard to ensure that our own government IT professionals are tasked with building a pay system that works.
The Budget also made significant investments in the current system, promising to hire more pay and compensation staff in the pay centre and within departments and agencies. While we know that more people are needed to make the system work, we are worried that the funding appears to be only for a year, and we remain concerned that the bulk of these funds may be going to Phoenix developer IBM.
When it comes to Phoenix, we will continue to keep up the pressure. We won’t stop until all of our members are paid correctly and on time – all of the time.