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PSAC Treasury Board workers reach tentative deal

By Tara Clow May 1, 2023 | 5:10 AM

More than 120,000 Treasury Board PSAC members are returning to work this morning.

A tentative deal was reached overnight.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada says the agreement exceeds the employer’s original offer before the launch of strike action and provides wage increases and new protections for remote work.

Treasury Board workers are required to return to work by 9 a.m. Eastern Time or at the time of their next scheduled shift.

According to a news release from PSAC, the union negotiated wage increases totalling 12.6 per cent compounded over the life of the agreement from 2021-2024. The union has secured an additional fourth year in the agreement that protects workers from inflation, as well as a pensionable $2,500 one-time lump sum payment that represents an additional 3.7 per cent of salary for the average PSAC member in Treasury Board bargaining units.

The new agreement also includes language in the new contract that ensures in the event of layoffs, workers will not lose their job if they can perform the duties of a contractor already working with the federal government. This protects public service jobs and reduces contracting out in the federal public service.

The government has also committed to a consultation process on the issues associated with contracting out in the federal public service.

A new agreement also includes improvements on other issues ranging from a commitment to review the bilingual allowance, an increase to shift premiums, leave for union business and other types of leave.

Strike action is ongoing for 35,000 Canada Revenue Agency workers.  The union says negotiations are ongoing.

The largest strike in Canadian history involving 155,000 PSAC employees began on April 19th.



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