Money in this year's budget to fix the troubled pay system is too little, too late, and leaves bureaucrats in a bind when it comes to taxes, say unions.
Public Service Alliance of Canada national president Robyn Benson speaks to demonstrators outside the Treasury Board Secretariat office on Elgin Street in Ottawa on Feb. 28 calling for the government to fix the payroll issues plaguing the public service. Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada president Debi Daviau stands behind her. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The government’s plan to move away from the failing Phoenix payroll system is encouraging, say union reps, but the budget missed the mark when it comes to helping the thousands of public servants currently facing financial hardships.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
A number of unions have registered as third party advertisers in the lead up to the October election, but PSAC, PIPSC and CUPW, all big spenders in 2015, haven't locked down their exact spending goals yet.
Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner