FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents provincial Crown Prosecutors, Crown Counsel, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Architects, Veterinarians, Agrologists and Agronomists, is calling on New Brunswick Premier David Alward to extend to the province's other employees the same opportunity to negotiate changes to government employee pensions previously extended to the province's teachers.
"It is quite simply unfair to extend to one group of professional government employees the opportunity to make a better deal and not extend it to another," said PIPSC Vice President Steve Hindle, who is in Fredericton to attend a Pension Coalition New Brunswick meeting this evening. The meeting is part of a 11-community tour designed to raise awareness of opposition to the changes to the government employee pension system in advance of the next provincial election.
"The Shared Risk Plan (SRP) introduced by the Alward government to replace the provincial government employee pension plan threatens to seriously undermine the standard of living of all current and future government employees and pensioners," added Hindle. "Our members will be particularly hard hit. The public needs to know that the move to the NB Shared Risk Plan (SRP) is both unwarranted and harmful. It's not based on evidence. It lacks transparency. It hurts all current and retired government employees. It threatens retention of the best public service professionals. And it sets a bad example for other provinces and the federal government to follow in the future."
"Mutually agreed solutions through discussion are possible," added PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "Meeting to address the undue impacts on our members is the very least Premier Alward could do."
PIPSC has been highly critical of the government's shared-risk reforms, which will see its own members' pensions reduced by 18 per cent or more. The union strongly opposed the repeal of the Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA) and refused to sign a Memorandum of Understanding supporting the introduction of the new SRP.