FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb 9, 2020
The Government of Canada is planning on removing almost 4000 additional employees from their stable, working pay system and forcing them onto the Phoenix pay system debacle as early as May 2020. The Phoenix pay system remains broken and unstable. It continues to cause Canadians irreparable financial hardship, mental anguish, and is destroying people’s lives. It is unconscionable and irresponsible for the Government to willfully force more employees, who are currently on a working pay system, onto the Phoenix pay system.
The Government should be directing all available resources to resolving the tens of thousands of outstanding pay issues caused by the Phoenix pay debacle. Instead, the Government has spent significant time, money, and other resources preparing to force these additional employees onto the broken Phoenix pay system.
On January 30th, 2020, at an information session for RCMP employees, the Government and the RCMP boasted about implementing over 2000 “fixes” to Phoenix and told employees in attendance that they have thoroughly tested their transition measures. They refused to provide information about how effective these fixes have been and in some cases the fixes had only been implemented the night before the information session.
To this day, the Government states that “The pay issues currently being experienced by public servants are unacceptable, and we are working tirelessly at all levels to resolve them.” https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/remuneration-compensation/services-paye-pay-services/centre-presse-media-centre/mise-a-jour-update-eng.html
CUPE Local 104 represents approximately 1200 RCMP employees across Canada who are police communication specialists, including 9-1-1 Call Takers / Dispatchers, Police Telecommunicators, and Communications Monitoring Analysts.
Active petition supported by Member of Parliament Lenore Zann: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2417