Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

April 15, 2014 16:29 ET

New Brunswick's Deal with Teachers on Pensions Shows Government Can Be Open to Alternatives, says PIPSC

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 15, 2014) - The announcement today of a negotiated settlement between the Government of New Brunswick and the province's teachers regarding pensions is evidence that the provincial government can be open to alternatives, said the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) in response to the deal.

"The agreement announced this afternoon with the province's teachers indicates that mutually agreed solutions through discussion are possible," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "I regret that until now we have not been afforded a similar opportunity to make progress on behalf of our members."

Last fall, the Institute deplored the repeal of New Brunswick's Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA) and the introduction of a so-called Shared Risk Plan to oversee the pensions of provincial public servants, which it says fails to guarantee the retirement security of past, present and future public service employees. Today's agreement does not appear to include the repeal of the Teacher's Pension Act which governs a pension plan that carries an even larger per capita deficit than did the PSSA before its repeal.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector, including more than 500 provincial employees who proudly serve the citizens of New Brunswick as Crown Prosecutors, Crown Attorneys, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Architects, Veterinarians, Agrologists and Agronomists.

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