IRCC’s Strike Has Finally Ended With A Tentative Agreement
Nearly 120,000 Canadian federal public servants ended a strike following the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of increasing wages by 12% over four years.
For those of you who don’t know, 1550,000 Canadian public workers went on a strike on 19 April, demanding telework flexibility and a pay raise.
Needless to say, the industrial action has led to massive delays in public services, including the processing of immigration and passport applications.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) announced recently that the dispute, which started on 19 April, didn’t consider individuals employed in various jobs, such as administration in government departments, product inspection, and immigration and passport applications.
Don’t forget around 35,000 workers belonging to the federal tax agency continue to be on strike since their demands for a large wage increase are yet to be fulfilled.
It seems that the primary reasons for the dispute between the government and its employees were demands for wage increases following high inflation rates and an effort to preserve remote work arrangements.
PSAC failed to include work from home in the collective bargaining agreement because of the refusal by the Treasury Board. However, remote work requests will be addressed separately, opening up the government to the employee grievance process.
According to PSAC, an agreement was negotiated by the union, requiring managers to consider remote work requests separately instead of in groups while providing reasons in writing.
PSAC further added that it had secured notable new protections in terms of teleworking since many employees became accustomed to it during the pandemic.
The government was concerned that expanding remote work flexibility would set alarming standards for other sectors, ultimately affecting cities already facing the issue of decreased foot traffic due to the pandemic.
Interestingly, union members are also qualified for a one-time payment of $2,500.
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