PIPSC Offers Phoenix Assistance to Students

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, August 4, 2016 - The union of public service professionals is offering help to students in the federal public service who are facing Phoenix pay problems.

"Students in the federal public service are some of the most vulnerable victims of the Phoenix pay problems," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "They often have student loans to deal with, little savings to tap into or lines of credit to rely on. Worse still, as non-unionized workers, they don't have much support in dealing with the impact of Phoenix pay problems."

The union will offer tips and advice on how to pursue a resolution to Phoenix cases. It will refer critical cases to the government for prioritized resolution.

Students facing Phoenix pay problems are invited to contact the union through a webform.

"At a time when the government should be attracting a new generation of professionals to the public service, this terrible experience with Phoenix is a problem," said Daviau. "We hope our initiative can alleviate some of the pain caused by Phoenix."

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) (613) 883-4900 (cell) jfillion@pipsc.ca