Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 23, 2005 11:46 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE/PIPSC: Computer Systems Professionals Rally in Vancouver Against Pay Cuts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - An additional document has been added to the release sent out at 10:40 AM ET. The complete version follows below

Federal computer systems professionals will rally in Vancouver to show their support while their bargaining team meets with the Treasury Board in Ottawa to obtain a new contract.

When: Monday, June 27, 2005

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Where: 401 Burrard Street

Members will rally to show their support for their bargaining team, to show their determination in keeping their retention allowance, to protect their purchasing power and for quicker resolution of the collective agreement.

"Computer systems professionals are determined to get a fair contract with no cut in pay and pension. The last time the federal government imposed pay cuts was during the Depression. In 2005, pay cuts are just not acceptable", said PIPSC President Michele Demers.

Research has demonstrated that a computer systems professional who retires at age 60 with 30 years of service would lose $24,000 in his pension by age 80 if the retention bonus is cut. Treasury Board is determined to cut the allowance which represents between 3-4% of salary. The union wants it rolled into salary.

PIPSC represents 15,000 computer systems professionals in government departments across Canada. The CS Group collective agreement expired on December 21, 2004.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is the largest multi-profession union in Canada, representing 50,000 professionals and scientists across the country.


The Computer Systems Group of The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has organized a rally to protest the federal government's attempt to take a bite out of 15,000 PIPSC members' pay cheques. The rally will be held on:

June 27, 2005, 12:15 - 12:45 pm
401 Burrard Street,
(on the Pender Street side)

- PIPSC has been negotiating with the federal government for a new
collective agreement (Treasury Board) for over a year.

- The last agreement expired on December 21, 2004.

- For the last five years the Computer Systems employees have been
receiving an allowance equivalent to about 4% of their wages as
part of their compensation. The federal government wants to
eliminate this allowance in this set of negotiations.

- The rally is part of the rallies being held across the country
organized by PIPSC.

Contact Information

  • PIPSC National Office
    Bill Corcoran
    Information Officer
    (800) 267-0446, ext. 2232
    PIPSC Vancouver
    Harinder Mahil
    Employment Relations Officer
    (604) 688-8238, ext. 5