Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 27, 2005 11:24 ET

PIPSC: Computer Systems Professionals Rally in Toronto Against Pay Cuts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - Federal computer systems professionals will rally in Toronto to show their support as their bargaining team meets with the Treasury Board to obtain a new contract.

When: Monday, June 27, 2005
12:00 Noon

Where: 4900 Yonge Street

Members will rally to show their support for their bargaining team, to show their determination in keeping their retention allowance, to protect their purchasing power and for quicker resolution of the collective agreement.

"Computer systems professionals are determined to get a fair contract with no cut in pay and pension. The last time the federal government imposed pay cuts was during the Depression. In 2005, pay cuts are just not acceptable", said PIPSC President Michele Demers.

Research has demonstrated that a computer systems professional who retires at age 60 with 30 years of service would lose $24,000 in his pension by age 80 if the retention bonus is cut. Treasury Board is determined to cut the allowance which represents between 3-4% of salary. The union wants it rolled into salary.

PIPSC represents 15,000 computer systems professionals in government departments across Canada, including 8,500 in the National Capital Region. The CS Group collective agreement expired on December 21, 2004.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is the largest multi-profession union in Canada, representing 50,000 professionals and scientists across the country.

Contact Information

    Chantal Lecours
    Head of Communications
    (613) 228-6310, ext. 2229 or 1-800-267-0446