Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

September 24, 2010 14:59 ET

Demonstration in Support to our Support (CR / AS) Staff Members

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - On Monday, September 27, 2010, the members of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) will march in front of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Offices at 400, Place d'Youville in Montreal, Quebec between 7 and 9 am to support their fellow Sisters and Brothers Support Staff (CR and AS) members.

The Customs and Immigration Union has been aware since 2007 that a pilot project is taken place in Montreal, QC to address the issue of CR/AS job descriptions. It was brought about by the fact that there were 185 job descriptions that covered various support staff positions nationally. These descriptions have followed the now CBSA throughout its legacy evolution. Most of these job descriptions have been identified as inaccurate, improperly classified, obsolete, out-of-date and not reflective of duties performed by those members.

The Support Staff Community and CIU have been very frustrated with the slow approach and disregard apparent in this process. CIU has been approached by numerous CR/AS members seeking an expedient and fair resolve to their job description and classification issues. Many of these members feel this is also an equity issue due to the fact that it's predominantly a female dominated group. CIU is looking into this as also being a Human Rights issue.

Ron Moran, National President of the CIU declared in his latest report: "Only in the federal public service can you come across files which span over three (3) decades and which remain nowhere near the point of resolve. Most don't realize that classification reform pre-dates the union-led federal pay equity files; in fact it was classification reform which gave rise to the pay equity complaint when the initial findings revealed in the mid-eighties clearly showed that the occupational groups made up primarily of women were earning considerately less than those dominated by men for performing work of equal value."

The administrative support occupational groups across the entire public service including of course CR's and AS's, were among those accordingly flagged as being in complete violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act given their clear wage/gender imbalances.

"CR's and AS's form the administrative backbone of the Agency, among other things they know everything about how Agency money gets spent so the sentiment of fairness takes on a particularly dominating role in the minds of some of these workers and accepting anything less then what is fair is simply no longer an option. The Employer has, all this time, been counting that this community would never push back; collectively, please join us in Montreal and we will gladly prove them wrong!", concludes Mr. Moran.

The Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) is a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents Canada's Front-Line Customs and Immigration Officers. CIU also represents Investigation, Intelligence and Trade Customs Officers, Immigration Inland Enforcement and Hearings Officers, as well as all support staff – all of whom work at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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