PIPSC Lays Out Its Expectations for the Emergency Committee on Phoenix

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, July 28, 2016 – PIPSC President Debi Daviau will attend the emergency committee meeting on Phoenix today on Parliament Hill at 2 p.m.

"Public service professionals expect to see a deadline for resolution of the Phoenix problem," said Daviau. "People are having a hard time making ends meet. They're going into debt. They can't pay their mortgages. Their credit rating is taking a hit. They need to know when they can put this problem behind them."

Daviau urges the committee to also seek answers to the following questions:

  • Why is emergency pay not being processed faster?
  • How did a so-called off the shelf product get approved without adequate testing?
  • To what extent was the testing and implementation of this transition outsourced to IBM or other companies?
  • Was there a contingency plan in place if Phoenix failed?

Daviau will be available for media interviews following the committee meeting.

PIPSC represents some 55,000 public-sector scientists and other professionals across the country, most of them employed by the federal government.

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For further information: Johanne Fillion (613) 228-6310 ext 4953 (office) or (613) 883-4900 (cell) jfillion@pipsc.ca.