Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

May 31, 2006 12:32 ET

Computer Systems Professionals Reach Tentative Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - After two days of a conciliation board session, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has reached a tentative agreement with the Treasury Board of Canada on behalf of the Computer Systems (CS) Group.

The deal comes on the heels of rallies held across Canada on Friday, May 26. In Ottawa, 3,500 members marched in support of their bargaining team in front of Treasury Board offices.

The main outstanding issue was the employer's demand to end the recruitment and retention allowance, which had been part of the CS' remuneration packaqe since 1998.

Rates of pay will increase by 2.25% (effective December 22, 2004), 2.4% (effective December 22, 2005) and 2.5% (effective December 22, 2006). The current retention allowance will continue until December 20, 2006. In addition, all rates of pay will increase by a flat rate amount of $900 to all employees. In addition, there will be a signing bonus of $300 and other important improvements.

"We have negotiated a collective agreement that responds to the needs of the CS membership. By restructuring the pay grid, this settlement corrects a longstanding problem. We will recommend that the members ratify this tentative agreement", said Guy Abel, Chair of the CS Group Bargaining Committee.

"We wanted to reach a fair agreement and this is the best possible settlement short of taking strike action", said Luc Carriere, CS Group Chair. "Treasury Board decided by bureaucratic fiat to rollback our wages. This round of bargaining has been hostile to CS members. Nevertheless, we stayed strong throughout the process. CS members were prepared to show that they would not be pushed around. Our job is done; it is now up to the members to decide on this agreement".

PIPSC represents more than 12,000 computer systems professionals in federal government departments, including 7,500 in the National Capital Region. The CS Group collective agreement expired eighteen months ago on December 21, 2004. Members will have the opportunity to vote on the offer when the ratification package is mailed out to them within the next two weeks. All planned strike action is suspended pending an outcome of the ratification vote.

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

PIPSC President Michele Demers is in Newfoundland and Labrador this week and is available for media interviews. Please contact Chantal Lecours at 613-864-4368 to schedule an interview.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Francine Pressault
    613-228-6310, ext. 2228 or 613-794-9369