The government defined its place on 4 key spaces in its ongoing negotiations with the Public Provider Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in an open letter addressed to Canadians, marking a shift in its bargaining technique.
Salary will increase, keep watch over over telework preparations, a ban on contracting out paintings and precedence for senior workforce within the match of downsizing are the 4 “key” calls for ultimate, Treasury Board president Mona Fortier wrote.
“This spherical of negotiating has been a heavy carry for each events,” she mentioned within the letter.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the federal government division this is nominally the employer of bureaucrats, up to date or reiterated main points on its bargaining place in every of the 4 spaces within the letter.
On CBC’s Energy and Politics Monday, PSAC president Chris Aylward showed the accuracy of the guidelines within the letter and mentioned he takes it as a “excellent sign.”
“I in truth applaud the minister for placing this letter out,” he mentioned. “It is the first time that [Fortier’s] in truth put our precedence problems at the desk.”
Key calls for
Within the letter, the Treasury Board reiterated its be offering of a 9 in keeping with cent salary build up over 3 years, a complete the board says would give you the reasonable worker an additional $6,250 in keeping with 12 months and aligns with the suggestions of the third-party Public Pastime Fee.
The federal government additionally agreed to a signing bonus for each member, in line with the letter, however the worth of the bonus used to be no longer mentioned.
PSAC used to be in the past requesting a 4.5 in keeping with cent salary build up every 12 months for 2021, 2022 and 2023. However Aylward mentioned Monday the union has moved down from that 13.5 in keeping with cent total build up. Aylward did no longer explain the brand new call for.
On telework, the Treasury Board mentioned within the open letter it proposed to collectively assessment the prevailing telework directive with the union.
Talking on CBC’s Energy and Politics Monday, Fortier repeated the federal government’s stance that selections round telework are the proper of control.
“It is a pink line,” Fortier mentioned. “We’ve got discovered inventive techniques to, after all, have interaction with workers — and I imagine that, as a result of it is so essential that we’ve got the versatility for managers to look how we’re going to absolute best ship products and services.”
Aylward however mentioned he’s assured an settlement on telework might be reached.
“We aren’t looking to negate managerial rights right here,” he mentioned.
Fortier wrote within the letter that the Treasury Board intends to cut back the follow of contracting out paintings, however mentioned decreasing the follow to 0 would “significantly compromise” the federal government’s skill to ship products and services.
Aylward mentioned the union isn’t calling for an absolute ban however does need the follow to be decreased, pronouncing paintings is more cost effective and clear when jobs are finished throughout the public carrier.
The federal government additionally proposed that the Public Provider Fee, a central authority company that is helping increase hiring insurance policies for the federal public carrier, prioritize advantage over seniority within the match of long term downsizing.
Maximum of 570 calls for had been met
When negotiations started, PSAC got here to the desk with about 570 calls for, in line with the Treasury Board.
Aylward showed that quantity Monday and mentioned maximum of the ones calls for were addressed. He mentioned the 4 problems defined within the open letter are the primary sticking issues that stand in the way in which of a deal.
The nationwide strike for greater than 155,000 federal public servants underneath PSAC started on April 19 at 12:01 a.m. and has entered its 2d workweek.
Two teams lined by means of the union stay on strike: one contains roughly 120,000 workers who fall underneath the Treasury Board, making up a number of govt departments and companies, and the opposite is a smaller tax workforce of greater than 35,000 staff on the Canada Income Company (CRA).
Wood traces have long gone up around the nation whilst some govt products and services — together with taxes, passports and immigration — are disrupted.