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Unions applaud scrapping Phoenix pay system, but want more support for its current victims

By Charelle Evelyn      

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
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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. In its third financial plan, the Liberal government highlighted the continued failings of the two-year-old payroll system, stating that since the 2016 launch of Phoenix “it has been obvious that the outcomes have been unacceptable for both the government and its

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