(Ottawa) The National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene in the negotiations.
Chris Aylward also denounced Saturday the slowness of the current negotiations between the union and the government.
During a press conference, he said the union presented a series of proposals to federal negotiators on Thursday, but they have not yet responded.
He attacked the president of the Treasury Board, Mona Fortier. “This vividly demonstrates the incompetence of Mona Fortier and her team,” he told reporters. The Prime Minister did nothing to advance the negotiations. Our members are fed up. »
PSAC’s roughly 155,000 members went on strike across the country on Wednesday. According to the union, almost a third of the federal public service has stopped work. During the strike, essential services are provided, including border services and correctional services, the Alliance has already indicated.
Mr. Aylward took the opportunity to offer a few words of encouragement to the strikers.
” Stay strong ! Don’t let them wear us out. We have to stay on the picket lines until we get the good deal our members deserve. »
The Secretariat of the Treasury Board revealed on Monday that it had improved its salary offer in order to obtain the support of the Alliance. It is now offering a 9% increase over three years.
But the Alliance deemed this insufficient, asking for 4.5% per year for three years.
The union is demanding bigger wage increases and improved working conditions. It also asks that its members always have the possibility of working from home.
She found that the PSAC failed to properly inform its members that it had shortened the voting period by eight days, moving the end of the strike vote from April 19 to April 11.
About 35% of the members of the bargaining unit voted, or 38,207 people, but 80% of them were in favor of giving a strike mandate to their union executive.
Despite this, the commission did not cancel the vote, as it is very likely that the result would have been in favor of the strike, since the support was very high among those who voted.
Mr. Aylward acknowledged that it was unfortunate that not all union members had the chance to participate in the vote.
“Increasing participation is an issue for all unions, organizations and governments, big or small. The APFC provided the opportunity for a large sample of members to exercise their right to vote. We held nearly 100 meetings for the vote. »
He adds that the union publicized the vote through emails, social media, digital ads and word of mouth.