Media Advisory: Workers at CBSA rally on International Women’s Day, call on management to treat them with respect

Vancouver – On March 8, International Women’s Day, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada working at Canada Border Services Agency are rallying to protest an unfair and arbitrary change to their working conditions.

CBSA recently informed a group of workers – the majority of whom are women – that long-standing arrangements that allowed them to balance their careers with family obligations are being cancelled on very short notice and for no real reason.

Management in BC has cancelled agreements that allowed workers the flexibility they needed to allow them to be responsive to childcare, eldercare, and other family related needs.

  • Date: Wednesday March 8, 2023
  • Time: Rally starting at 2PM
  • Location: Peace Arch Provincial Park, Whiterock

Speakers include:

  • Mark Weber, national president, Customs and Immigration Union
  • Morgan Gay, negotiator, Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Impacted workers

“This is an exercise in paperwork that does nothing to solve short staffing at CBSA.” said Mark Weber, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union, a component of PSAC, “Forcing women to choose between their careers and their families is unacceptable, particularly in the context of this current round of negotiations.”

More than 10,000 PSAC members working at CBSA are currently in negotiations with the federal government, where the employer continues to push for concessions that would weaken workers’ ability to juggle work and family obligations.

For more information or to schedule an interview: Patrick Bragg, PSAC Communications, cell: (778) 889-3486