Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Federal workers hit the strike lines as talks break down between government and workers

PSAC workers and supporters have gathered on the plaza adjacent to the
DFO office building today, part of their picket duty for Day One
of the Federal Public Sector strike
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You may find it hard to access many Federal services today, with members of the Public Service Alliance taking to the picket lines this morning, marking Day one of a labour dispute that has been building for months.

Public Sector workers hit the picket lines at the start of their shifts this morning, suspending their work in their quest for better wages (they are seeking a 4.5% wage increase) making inflation one of their key negotiating points. 

Shift premiums, a range of ofice culture measures, as well as the ability to continue to work from home for workers has also been part of the narrative up to the strike deadline. 

Locally, the DFO/Post office building, Seal Cove Coast Guard base and services in the Ocean Centre will be the ones most prominently affected, both locations host public sector workers providing for services to the region.

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Also taking part in the labour dispute will be those workers at Revenue Canada, which will have some impact as the Tax Deadline nears if no progress is found between the two Sides.

Over 155,000 federal employees are represented by PSAC, there is no word towards when negotiations with Treasury Board will resume.

Prince Rupert area unions are anticipated to join the PSAC members in solidarity as the labour dispute moves forward from Day one today.

The Union has provided some background information towards the dispute which is available below:

Treasury Board Bargaining

Canada Revenue Agency Bargaining 

The Government side of the negations is outlined below:

Public Service Job Action

Canada Revenue Agency

More notes on labour themes in the Northwest can be reviewed here.

A look at the impact of the labour dispute across the Country can be reviewed through our political blog D'Arcy McGee and our Ottawa Observations update later tonight.

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