Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 27, 2012 12:11 ET

Fourth Wave of Public Service Cuts: Science, Environment, Communities All Hit Hard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2012) - At least 1,188 more federal government professionals represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) are receiving the news today that their positions will be "affected" by the government's continuing cuts to programs and services. This brings to over 4,355 the number of PIPSC members who have received a Workforce Adjustment (WFA) notice since the tabling of the 2012 federal Budget.

Departments impacted by today's announcements include Fisheries and Oceans Canada (298), Revenue Agency (541), Justice Canada (145), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (91), National Defence (47), Transport Canada (29), Public Works and Government Services Canada (18), Infrastructure Canada (11), Environment Canada (3), Health Canada (2), Correctional Service Canada (1), Canada School of Public Service (1), and Immigration and Refugee Board (1).

Affected professionals include Auditors, Biologists, Environmental Scientists, Researchers, Engineers, IT specialists, Purchasing Officers and Commerce Officers.

"The government is simply turning a deaf ear to the concerns already expressed by thousands of Canadians about previous rounds of cuts to the public service", said PIPSC President Gary Corbett. "Canadians from all walks of life and experts from around the world are questioning the government's rationale and secretive methods for implementing these cuts. From Smithers, British Columbia to Oromocto, New Brunswick and from Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories to Parry Sound, Ontario, the cuts will take well-paid jobs out of communities across this country."

Fisheries and Ocean is receiving particular "attention" from the government, as this represents the third round of cuts at the Department since December 2011. Today's cuts to its Habitat Management program are in line with Bill C-38, the Budget Implementation Act, which removes explicit protection of fish habitat from the Fisheries Act. These professionals are responsible for monitoring, investigating and enforcing provisions of the Act which protect fish and their habitat from the effects of harmful industrial, agricultural and land development activities. Several other government departments, such as Environment Canada and Transport Canada, have also been previously targeted by the government.

Three particularly important programs at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) appear to bear the brunt of Workforce Adjustment in that Department. Close to 400 Auditors who are part of the Criminal Investigations, Special Enforcement and Voluntary Disclosure programs at CRA will receive notices today.

"Canadians have every right to ask the government why serious concerns over the impact of cuts on the safety, security and prosperity of their communities and their environment are being so casually ignored," concluded Corbett.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector. It is a founding member of Professionals Serving Canadians (PSC), a coalition of six concerned public service unions who believe that the Harper government's plan to slash programs and services across the government will have serious repercussions on the well-being of Canadians, their families, and their communities.

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Contact Information

  • Pierre Villon
    (613) 228-6310 extension 2228
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