Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

May 25, 2006 10:00 ET

PIPSC: Strike Looms as Computer Systems Professionals Head for Conciliation Board Hearings

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2006) - There could be a labour dispute this summer if conciliation board hearings fail to conclude a collective agreement with the Computer Systems (CS) professionals.

The CS Group, represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, comprises of 12,000 federal government employees who perform work in information technology and information management.

Their collective agreement expired eighteen months ago, on December 21, 2004. Negotiations with their employer, the Treasury Board of Canada, have reached an impasse and the Group has asked for the assistance of a Conciliation Board. Hearings are scheduled for May 27 and 28. Seven days after the Conciliation Board's report and if no agreement has been reached, the CS Group will be in legal strike position.

"The CS Group will be sending a clear message that the delivery of services to Canadians is in serious jeopardy with looming strike action. Government relies on computer professionals to run its complex computer networks to deliver services to the Canadian population. This service will be compromised if a reasonable solution is not offered to resolve the CS labour impasse at the conciliation board hearings this week-end", said Gaston Lampron, Vice-President of the Professional Institute.

Armed with an unprecedented strike mandate of 88.7%, the bargaining team demands a fair settlement offer. The main outstanding issue revolves around the employer's demand to end the allowance for recruitment and retention, which has been part of the CS's remuneration package since 1998. Cutting the allowance without compensation would translate into a salary cut of between 3 to 4%.

To show support for their bargaining team, members will rally in solidarity over the lunch hour on Friday, May 26 in various locations across Canada, including Ottawa, Charlottetown, Halifax, Amherst, Bathurst, Moncton, Oromocto, Shediac, Quebec City, Montreal, St-Hubert, Belleville, Kingston, Toronto, Trenton, Edmonton, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria

In addition to the rallies, the mobilization campaign includes bus shelter ads, postcards and workplace posters.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 50,000 professionals and scientists across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Francine Pressault
    Media & Government Relations Officer
    (613) 228-6310, ext. 2228 or (613) 794-9369