Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

September 04, 2014 08:34 ET

PIPSC Applauds New Brunswick Liberal Leader's Commitment to Reopen Discussions on Public Service Pension Reform

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Sept. 4, 2014) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) applauds the announcement today by Liberal leader Brian Gallant that he would reopen discussions on pension reform with provincial public service employees and retirees, if elected to form the next government of New Brunswick. Today's announcement is a major victory for the union, which has for many months unsuccessfully sought a dialogue with the outgoing Alward government.

"This is a very significant step forward for our members, for the principles of fair bargaining, and for upholding decent standards in retirement pensions," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau.

Provincial PIPSC members have been disproportionately hit by the Alward government's unilateral imposition of a "Shared Risk" pension system.

"The imposition of a "Shared Risk" model in New Brunswick set a particularly bad example for similar assaults on public employee pensions now being contemplated by the federal Conservative government," added Daviau. "Today's announcement will echo across this country and that echo will be loudest in Ottawa. New Brunswick is now in a position to set a new, positive example for the country on pensions and retirement security for both current and future generations of public service employees," she concluded.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector, including approximately 1,300 provincial and federal employees in New Brunswick.

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