PSAC’s Treasury Board bargaining teams are back at the bargaining table June 18th. The outcome of Treasury Board bargaining will set a pattern for others. We need to send a message to the Liberal government before bargaining resumes in June that we expect a fair contract. This is why PSAC Branches and Locals across the country will be organizing actions in support of our teams on June 8th. By joining together with the members of other federal public service unions on that day, we can send a strong message to the Liberal government that we want a fair collective agreement, without sick leave concessions.
The new Liberal government promised respect for federal public service employees. It said it would do things differently than the former Conservative government. Yet, it has been more than six months since the Liberals were elected and there has been no meaningful progress at any of the federal bargaining tables. Treasury Board negotiators are still pushing the Conservative’s proposal to replace our sick leave with a short term disability plan and they have proposed the same 0.5% per-year wage increase as the Conservative government. This does not reflect the cost of living and fair wage increases. The Liberals have also failed to restore fair collective bargaining by refusing to repeal the unfair labour laws passed by the Conservatives.
PSAC’s bargaining teams have been at the bargaining table with Treasury Board three times since the new government came into power. We are also in bargaining with Parks Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and an important vote is underway at CRA. We need to tell the government to come to the table with new proposals – not recycled Conservative messages. A new government should give itself a new mandate.
The outcome of Treasury Board bargaining will set a pattern for others. We need to send a message to the Liberal government before bargaining resumes in June that we expect a fair contract.