Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

March 03, 2011 11:39 ET

Shadow Public Service Generates Waste and Threatens Services-PIPSC Calls for a Change of Course

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - A rapid and consistent increase in outsourcing by key federal departments is undermining accountability and transparency in government, comments the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) in light of the latest findings released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

This new report, The Shadow Public Service: the swelling ranks of federal government outsourced workers, adds to mounting evidence of the scale and scope of contracting out in the federal public service. The cost of government outsourcing has skyrocketed to billions of dollars over the past five years.

"On top of a shameful waste of taxpayers dollars, there is the incalculable cost and potential risk to Canadians when critical knowledge goes out the door with private contractors," says Gary Corbett, President of PIPSC. "In the wake of a serious cyber attack against critical federal departments, our government should be all the more alert to the importance of data security and the privacy of Canadians' information."

This report underlines the concerns recently expressed by the Public Service Commission regarding the impact the "improper use" of contract workers has on the core values of the public service, such as merit, integrity and equity.

Corbett adds, "This Shadow Public Service works alongside our members but the same rules do not apply – they don't have the same rights nor can they be held to the same standards of transparency and accountability". 

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page has taken the government to task for its lack of Human Resources plans to meet its 2010 budget reduction objectives.

"This government has to put an end to unnecessary outsourcing and send a clear message that it will respect the letter and the spirit of its own Public Service Employment Act, " adds Corbett. "There are billions of dollars of outsourced contracts that should be subject to serious scrutiny. The alternative is to sacrifice valuable public services and undermine the federal government's obligation to protect Canadians and ensure their prosperity," he concludes.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing some 59,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

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  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Pierre Villon
    613-228-6310 ext. 2228
    613-794-9369 (cell)