In August 2019, the Government Services Union celebrated its 20th anniversary. Although the workplace and challenges faced by our members have evolved greatly in the past years, one thing remains at the core of our mission and that is to deliver the best guidance, representation, and support to our members, through a network of dedicated and passionate elected officers.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is on its second phase of Activity Based Workplaces with the development of the GCcoworking. Currently there is a two-year pilot at two locations; one at L’Esplanade Laurier and the second at Thornton Centre on River Road. In our meetings we continue to highlight the importance of ensuring that health and safety according to Canada Labour Code legislation is in place. PSPC has been in consultation with Employment and Social Development Canada and will be conducting investigations of these worksites to ensure legislation is not being violated.
As for collective bargaining, the PA, EB, SV and TC are still at an impasse and PSAC is awaiting the Public Interest Commission review of each parties’ position and making recommendations. We would encourage each and everyone of you to speak with your MPs as they prepare for the upcoming elections. Our public service members deserve a fair and equitable collective agreement. Bargaining with the Royal Canadian Mint continues as well. We encourage you to stay updated by visiting the PSAC website at http://psacunion.ca/.
We also want the government to understand that the meagre offer for damages due to Phoenix is unacceptable and all public service workers deserve more. Another insult to our Compensation members is Treasury Board’s refusal to extend the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed between PSAC and Treasury Board. Although our members in Miramichi and at our satellite pay offices across Canada continue to work endlessly to provide pay for public service workers, Treasury Board was not willing to negotiate an extension of the MOA.
Over the last few months there has been a change in leadership within the departments where our members work. We have requested meetings with Bill Matthews, Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Marie Lemay, President, Royal Canadian Mint and Paul Glover, President, Shared Services Canada. We want to ensure the employers understand the necessity of consulting with the union before implementing business decisions that will affect the work our members are performing.
This is just a small example of the work that is going on in GSU. Once again, I want to express my gratitude for the work union officers are doing in representing GSU members from coast to coast to coast.
Making a difference is never easy!
Government Services Union National President