Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

July 07, 2011 11:23 ET

PIPSC President Corbett Meets Treasury Board President Clement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - The President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), Gary Corbett, had a productive meeting with Treasury Board President Tony Clement yesterday Wednesday July 6, 2011.

"In recent months, the Harper government has sent a clear message about its lack of respect for unions and collective bargaining," says Corbett. "While we have no illusions, we will ensure that our members are well represented at the bargaining table and we expect mutual respect and fairness. Minister Clement indicated that his government intends to allow collective bargaining to follow its full course."

The Strategic and Operating Review process introduced in the 2011 budget to achieve $11 billion in cuts is a high risk process that includes input from the private sector, but not the professionals who deliver public programs and services. PIPSC members – the professionals who work to advance and protect the public good across the federal public service - understand very clearly the risks that cuts could bring to Canadians.

"Credible consultation and engagement is essential to ensure that the Review process doesn't do serious damage to services that Canadians rely on," says Corbett. "At a minimum, this will help to mitigate the serious personal and professional anxiety currently gripping the federal public service."

"Our members' purpose is the Public Good, I suggested to Minister Clement that all public servants whether they are hired or elected must share this purpose," adds Corbett. "We made constructive suggestions. Minister Clement listened to us and we look forward to a positive response."

"The Professional Institute will continue to actively defend its members and Canada's public service. And we will ensure that Canadians understand what is at risk," concludes Corbett.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Chantal Lecours
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