Strike Information

On February 27, 2020, the Public Service Alliance, through its National President, Chris Aylward, authorized strike votes for members of the PA, SV, TC and EB groups. The strike period will run from March 16 to May 7, 2020 across the country.

To obtain a strike mandate, 50% + 1 of the members of the same bargaining unit (i.e. PA, SV, TC or EB) must vote in favor of the strike. This means that the four groups could potentially go on strike at the same time!

It is important to note that a strike vote does not automatically result in a strike. That said, a strong strike mandate is a powerful means of pressure and is the best way to reach an agreement quickly.

The fact remains that a period of strike brings its share of worry and uncertainty and it is better to prepare now. Below is a list of frequently asked questions that we hope will answer most of your questions.

Do not hesitate to contact your Local or your PSAC Regional Office. They will be your go-to in the event of a strike.

Yes. The PSAC is committed to keeping its members well-informed and ready for strikes. The Alliance has already started offering strike preparation courses across the country and more will be added. You can consult the Education section of your regional office to see when these courses are offered.

As places are limited, the PSAC has informed us that Locals can make a request to receive the course specifically for its members. Contact your Regional Office for more details.

If members vote for a strike and PSAC is still unable to reach an agreement with the employer at the bargaining table, the PSAC National President can authorize a strike.

Different strike measures are then possible, such as a general strike, and only the PSAC has the authority to choose which measures will be used, where and for how long.

Strike pay is governed by Regulation 6 in PSAC’s Constitution.

Members are expected to provide a minimum of four hours of work per day in support of the strike to qualify for strike pay.

Members who usually work 20 hours or more each week will receive the strike pay below.

Members who work in Per day For a maximum per calendar week of
Yukon  $103.20   $516.00
Northwest Territories  $117.35  $586.75
Nunavut  $141.00  $705.00
Elsewhere in Canada  $75.00  $375.00

 

PSAC members who usually work less than 20 hours per week will receive the strike pay below.

Members who work in Per day For a maximum per calendar week of
Yukon  $72.24  $361.20
Northwest Territories  $82.15  $410.75
Nunavut  $98.70  $493.50
Elsewhere in Canada  $53.00  $265.00

 

In the case of a ‘strategic strike’—that is, a targeted strike involving no more than 10% of the bargaining unit and lasting no longer than two weeks—strike pay will be 60% of a member’s gross salary.

GSU National does not top-up the PSAC strike allowances. However, GSU Locals may decide to extend the strike allowance paid to their members.

Members who are on annual leave, sick leave or injury on duty leave, who receive workers' compensation or other paid leave are not eligible for strike pay.

The qualifying period for benefits takes effect the first day of the strike. Using attendance lists provided by the Locals, strike pay will be paid retroactively for the full period to each member participating in the strike (i.e. minimum of 4 hours per day) for the authorized duration of the strike.

If your Local enhances the PSAC strike pay, it is up to your Local to make the arrangements it deems most suitable for the payment of this top-up.

Strike pay is not considered taxable income by the Canada Revenue Agency.

PSAC has a lot of support systems in place to make sure you never go without pay while you’re on strike. 

During a general strike, every member who provided a minimum of 4 hours of work per day, will receive strike pay of a minimum of $75 for each of those days.

You can also apply for PSAC’s Hardship Fund if you run into a difficult financial situation during a strike or lockout. The fund offers emergency financial assistance to workers in financial distress. A Hardship Fund is run by committees in each region that handle requests for assistance.

  • Keep abreast of the situation and issues at stake by visiting the PSAC national website at www.psac-afpc.com
  • Make sure to update your information in your profile to keep up to date with the latest developments. Click here to update your information.
  • Support your bargaining team during the strike vote. A strong strike call gives your bargaining team more leverage at the bargaining table.
  • Organize your finances and set up your support networks.
  • Get mobilized in your workplace.