Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 27, 2008 21:22 ET

PIPSC: Labour Relations Blown Back to the Dark Ages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2008) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is incensed by the measures laid out by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in his Economic Statement. In a simplistic, ideological economic update, the Conservative government has completely trampled the rights of public service employees.

The Institute will not stand idly by as the government unilaterally eliminates our members' rights that are enshrined both in the Constitution and in our social fabric. "It is unbelievable that the government has removed all our rights to strike, negotiate or go to arbitration, and to add insult to injury, out of nowhere pay equity is under attack, said PIPSC National President Michele Demers. And this is only the beginning, as the Minister's intention of reviewing pension plan models may have serious consequences for past, present or future retirees. These are all fundamental rights that Canadian workers have fought long and hard to acquire. Democracy is in jeopardy".

Minister Flaherty and the government should stop using the public service as a scapegoat and instead should emulate governments around the world who are tackling the international economic crisis head-on by investing directly in their economy. This is not the time for regressive and repressive measures. Imposing wage controls, suspending the basic rights of workers and ignoring constitutional and legal frameworks will not remedy the country's economic woes.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 55,000 professionals and scientists.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310, extension 2229
    613-864-4368 (cell)