OTTAWA, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - More than 90 border services workers from across
Canada met on the weekend to prepare its bargaining demands for
upcoming contract negotiations with Treasury Board. The conference was
organized after the Treasury Board failed to meet any demands brought
forward by the union during the expedited process in fall 2010.
Representing over 9,000 enforcement workers employed by the Canada
Border Services Agency, the delegates to the conference discussed
critical operational issues and health and safety concerns.
"Our members are on the front lines protecting Canadians' safety," said
Ron Moran, President of the Customs and Immigration Union, a component
of the PSAC. "We expect the government to address the demands of border
services employees to ensure parity with other unionized enforcement
workers in Canada."
Border services employees achieved their first collective agreement in
2007. While progress was made in the last round of negotiations, there
is considerable work to be done in order to ensure that the collective
agreement reflects evolving operational realities. These include
adequate protections for those officers who are required to carry
firearms, fair and transparent shift scheduling processes, and pension
reform to ensure parity with other federal enforcement workers.
"The Harper government needs to recognize the contribution to national
security by our border services members," said John Gordon, National
President of the PSAC. "We expect the upcoming budget to focus on
strengthening public services such as border security, instead of
misguided attempts to cut the deficit on the backs of working
The delegates to the conference debated the priority issues that will be
brought forward when the Public Service Alliance of Canada serves
notice to bargain on February 21. They also discussed mobilization
strategies to ensure the employer bargains in good faith and addresses
For further information:
Shelina Merani, PSAC Communications, 613-293-9324 (mobile),