“I am pleased that PA employees, many of whom have supported important services to Canadians during the pandemic, have reached a new preliminary agreement and that all employees represented by PSAC are receiving compensation for the burden the Phoenix pay system had on their lives. This is proof of our commitment to reaching fair and equitable agreements taking into account the current economic and fiscal environment. Given current compensation and human resource systems and ongoing salary management challenges, the Canadian government has no flexibility to implement agreements on a basis other than that contained in the negotiated Memorandum of Understanding. Approval of another implementation process and other timelines would represent bad faith negotiations on behalf of the government, as it would accept something it would not be able to satisfy. The collective agreement already provides for specific timetables and procedures for 2 broad peak holiday periods (summer and winter) that go beyond the provisions of other collective agreements. Some other groups, such as the FS group represented by PAFSO, have benefited from various targeted measures to meet their specific needs, but the total value of these specific improvements has been around 1% over the four years of their agreements. In the past, an extension for leave has been introduced in some collective agreements, including the CS, EC, LP, FI, FS and AV agreements, and has been successfully introduced in the SP, EL, UT, SH, NR and RO agreements during this round of negotiations. A four-year agreement would allow the parties to implement more broadly the changes negotiated during this round. I would also provide a better opportunity to stabilize the wage system before the implementation of the next collective agreement. The 34 agreements recently negotiated with the CPA and the separate agency teams contain the employer`s proposed language above, in order to allow employees to take leave without pay so that they can benefit from the expanded care. The current MOA for staff welfare was put in place by the parties in the last round of collective bargaining, after extensive negotiations on the employer`s top priority to modernise worker absenteeism.
Members of the Education and Library Science (EB), Operations Services (SV) and PSAC-UTE (Canada Revenue Agency) groups have also recently ratified their interim agreements. . . .