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The lives of almost one million Canadian workers will be placed in danger as a result of cynical amendments that the Conservative government is making to the Canada Labour Code. Buried deep in the government’s latest budget bill tabled on October 22 are amendments to the health and safety provisions of the Code that have nothing to do with balancing the budget, and everything to do with putting workers’ lives at risk.

Nearly 350 workers at the Richmond location of IKEA have been locked out by management since May 13. These workers, members of Teamsters Local 213, are being asked to accept a two-tiered wage structure, along with substantial pay cuts.

Bill C-4 takes away the democratic rights of federal public sector employees and seriously undermines the health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code covering workers under federal jurisdiction.

The proposed amendments to federal labour laws do not modernize the public sector. Rather, they are regressive and set back rights 30 years.

The following is a synopsis of PSAC’s concerns with the bill.

(Ottawa) October 25, 2013 – The Public Service Alliance of Canada called today on the Conservative government to withdraw changes to federal labour legislation from the Budget Implementation Act. What is needed instead is a new and genuinely modern labour law modeled on labour legislation that already exists for other workers across Canada, such as the Canada Labour Code.

This Speech from the Throne is a missed opportunity and another attack against the public service. Balancing the budget on the backs of public servants is not a balanced approach. If the Conservatives really want Canadians to have good, secure jobs, we need more social investments not more public service cuts.

Pressure from bargaining agents and our members has paid off. Treasury Board President Tony Clement has confirmed in an Oct. 15 meeting with PSAC National President Robyn Benson that “pay modernization” in the federal public service and the implementation of “pay in arrears” will take place with no impact on PSAC members' pay – no member will experience a claw back.

The employer had proposed a transition that would have resulted in a loss of 4% off member’s biweekly paycheques in 2014.

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