Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 19, 2008 19:18 ET

Treasury Board's Offer a Slap in the Face to PIPSC Members

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) condemns the Treasury Board's unexpected, unjustified and totally ridiculous "offer" as an insult to all the public service employees who ensure that Canadians have a good quality of life.

The Institute will never agree to lock its members into a contract with average increases of 1.7% per year for 4 years.

"There are no words to describe Treasury Board President Vic Toew's decision to negotiate through the media rather than having the courtesy to present his offer at the bargaining table. This is not the first time that the government has shown such disregard for public service employees, said PIPSC National President Michele Demers. This gesture and this offer are nothing more than an absolute slap in our members' faces".

Canadians will not be fooled by the Treasury Board's claim that this offer is "fair" and "responsible" - it is neither.

For months, the government has said that the public service is in a critical state in terms of recruitment and retention, and that Canada must find a way to recruit the best and the brightest candidates to the public service. This offer flies in the face of those statements.

How does the government plan to recruit new public service employees to protect the lives and security of Canadians, when compensation is not competitive with the private sector, and when the message to Canadians is that their public service is not worth the investment?

"The government is trying to justify these farcical figures by hanging its hat on "economic uncertainty", yet it stalled negotiations for over a year while it was awash in surpluses. Now it wants to impose a settlement to demonstrate to the world its decisiveness in the face of an economic meltdown. It was its bad judgment that emptied our national coffers. One needs only to think of the tax cuts for large corporations, the ill-advised reductions of the GST, and the spending of billions of dollars on the war effort to understand that the responsibility for Canada's empty cupboards rests squarely on the shoulders of the Conservative government. There is no way we will allow this government to get public service employees to foot the bill for the mess it created. If we reach an impasse, we are ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract for our members" concluded Demers.

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 or 613-864-4368 (cell)