OTTAWA, February 25, 2019 – The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is marking the third anniversary of the Phoenix pay system failure with a National Week of Action. This week, members and union officials are organizing events across the country.
Phoenix has hit PIPSC members hard. The federal government must ensure that this is never repeated. Members deserve pay protections and PIPSC is bringing this issue to the bargaining table negotiation for language that provides pay protections and ensures that the Phoenix failure will not be replicated.
“We’re looking for pay protections in our new contracts and we’re expecting a strong funding commitment in the budget to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the new pay system,” says PIPSC President Debi Daviau. “After everything public servants have been through with Phoenix, I would certainly be very surprised if the federal government didn’t come through on these commitments.”
PIPSC is sending a clear message that the Phoenix failure has a personal face, and that face is their members. Members who are still forced to try to navigate a broken system to understand their pay stubs, back pay, repayment plans, to access promotions, change jobs or even to take sick leave.
PIPSC members will be available to speak to the personal hardship Phoenix has caused them.
Pushing on all fronts, PIPSC is organizing in the workplace, pushing at the bargaining table and laying our clear expectation for the federal budget. “We are pulling out all stops, our members need to see clear commitments from the federal government,” says President Daviau. “We work hard and we need our employer to do better.”
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 60,000 public service professionals across Canada.