Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 18, 2008 11:01 ET

PIPSC: Has Canada Become a Tax Haven for Large Corporations? CRA Professionals Demonstrate in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) - The professional employees of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) will rally at the Harry Hays building (on the north side, at the back of the building) at 220 4th Avenue S.E. in Calgary at noon on Tuesday, November 18. After fifteen fruitless months of bargaining, these employees want to denounce their employer's inertia at the bargaining table which has contributed to serious recruitment problems across Canada, and particularly in Alberta.

The government of Canada is facing a serious recruitment and retention crisis with the retirement of baby boomers and the challenging Alberta employment market. At CRA, the shortage of professional auditors is critical and has resulted in substantial loss of revenue for the coffers of the Canadian government. In fact, because of the shortage of these auditors, large wealthy corporations are not being audited as they should and consequently, the citizens of Canada have to pay more than their share of taxes.

"Canadians are aware that the Canadian government is facing a funding squeeze, but most Canadians are unaware that their government is not assuming its responsibility to ensure large corporations are paying their fair share of taxes" comments PIPSC President Michele Demers. By not properly taxing large corporations, our individual tax burden is increased. This is unacceptable. Canadians should be outraged by this situation. The longer the employer takes to settle negotiations, the longer it takes to recruit the auditors who deal with the largest and most profitable corporations doing business in Canada. Fewer taxes are being collected from large corporations."

Negotiating collective agreements would be an important step towards improving the recruitment of professional tax auditors. Young and experienced professionals are not interested in careers at the CRA because the salaries are not competitive with those of the private sector. Competitive salaries would go a long way towards resolving the recruitment issues, and ensure audits are being conducted adequately.

Both sides will be in mediation on November 18, 19, and 20. The new Minister of National Revenue, Jean-Pierre Blackburn and CRA Commissioner William Baker would be well advised to instruct their bargaining team to start negotiating seriously.

Demonstrations will be held at CRA offices across Canada from St. John's to Victoria.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 55,000 professionals and scientists.

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