Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 04, 2011 09:08 ET

It's Time for a Fair Deal that Protects Public Servants and their Families

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2011) - Gary Corbett, President of The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and Vice-President, Debi Daviau, today lead more than 500 PIPSC member representatives in a rally to encourage public servants to stand up for their right to fair bargaining during collective bargaining.

Following the morning session of the Institute's Annual General Meeting, President Corbett, Vice-President Debi Daviau, Board Members and PIPSC member representatives marched through the Ottawa downtown core to Parliament Hill to deliver a message to government to get serious about negotiating fair agreements with its employees. "PIPSC members have a long history of good-faith engagement with the government of Canada, working through difficult situations without jeopardizing the important work they do in support of the public good," said President Corbett.

As bargaining rounds begin across Canada, issues of importance to PIPSC members include pay relativity, better work life balance, freedom from harassment in the workplace, wage settlement, and erosion of benefits. "Negotiations must be conducted with objectivity, leaving employees free to bargain their working conditions without the government demanding that they sacrifice their economic future in the name of fiscal considerations," argued Mr. Corbett.

The Professional Institute believes that public servants deserve fair compensation and PIPSC will seek to negotiate wage increases and other improvements on behalf of its members. "A wage freeze is really a pay cut that is equal to the rate of inflation," said Mr. Corbett.

"The public service is not responsible for the government's mismanagement of its finances or the global economic meltdown. We have to protect the very real and very valuable role public servants play in Canada's economy and in Canadian society in defence of the public good," concluded President Corbett.

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