OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - What impact will the Conservative
government's plans for across-the-board cuts have on the employment of
workers with disabilities, Aboriginal and racialized workers?
That's the question PSAC will put to the Senate human rights committee
which is examining employment equity and hiring practices in the
federal public service.
"Once again, we're asking for information and transparency," said PSAC
national executive vice-president Patty Ducharme. "Canadians have a
right to know the whole story about the proposed cuts and their
During the last round of severe cuts to the public service in the 1990s,
Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities left the public
service at rates that were significantly higher than other workers.
Any progress that has been made over the past several years could be
lost very quickly if cuts are made without regard for their impact on
members of equity groups.
As Justice Rosalie Abella pointed out in the Report of the Royal
Commission on Equality in Employment, equity is not something that
should only be reserved for good economic times; all members of society
should have equal access to jobs regardless of the economic climate.
"PSAC is renewing its call on Tony Clement to let Canadians in on the
plans and recommendations he's receiving from departments and
consulting firm Deloitte that all of us are paying for," said Ducharme.
For further information:
Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications, 613-292-8363