Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

September 04, 2009 14:22 ET

Labour Day: A Time to Celebrate Workers and Labour Movement's Contribution to Enrich Canadian Lives

PIPSC members will attend the Toronto annual Labour Day Parade

TORONTO AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2009) - For the third consecutive year, members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) will join the Toronto annual Labour Day Parade on September 7, 2009.

Gary Corbett, President of the Institute, commented: "For many Canadians, Labour Day means end of the summer or back-to-school time. As they go about their business PIPSC and its members would like to remind all Canadians to take pride celebrating and saluting the dedication, the commitment and the achievements of all workers across Canada."

Since 1894, Canadian workers have marked the first Monday of September as a day to celebrate the economic and social achievements brought forward by Unions.

This year's celebration is shadowed by a serious recession, many workers and families are deeply suffering. "We would like to express our support, and give all Canadians the assurance that our union, and its professional members, will work tirelessly to ensure that this federal government holds its duty to protect Canadians. Our members are united in one common goal: to serve the Public Good", added Corbett.

Scientists belonging to the Institute will be among the participants at Toronto's Labour Day Parade to denounce the many years of cutbacks to the Public Science budget.

Ironically, the ability of Public Service scientists to work independently is essential to protect Canadians. One need only consider the listeria contamination, the recent AECL isotope crisis, or the H1N1 virus, not to mention others, which require the attention of dedicated professionals working every day for Canadians.

A large number of auditors who are members of the Institute's Audit, Finance and Science (AFS) Group will also participate in the parade. The workers have been without a collective agreement for more than two years now. Institute V-P Al Ravjiani explains the situation: "Nothing is being achieved at the bargaining table. We remain strongly opposed to the Canada Revenue Agency's ill-conceived business acquisition scheme, namely the harmonized sales tax (HST) with provinces".

As rumours of fall federal election grow, PIPSC will be ready to call on each parties and candidates to pledge to improve public health and safety, and to value the public sector work and employees.

Al Ravjiani, Vice-President of PIPSC, and Pascal S.K Joseph, Ontario Region Acting Director, will be present at the Toronto Labour Day Parade, which leaves at 11:00 a.m., on University Avenue, corner of Queen St., Toronto downtown. Happy Labour Day!

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 57,000 professionals and scientists in Canada's public sector.

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