Federal budget fails women, working people says PSAC

    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The 166,000 member Public Service Alliance
of Canada says the 2009 federal budget infringes on workers' and women's
rights, threatening public services at a time when Canadians need them the
    "This budget fails working people and threatens to undermine the public
services that Canadians rely on during a financial crisis of this scale," says
John Gordon, PSAC National President. "Cutting taxes will do little to create
jobs or help unemployed Canadians. Working people expected more of this budget
- and we expect more of our federal government."
    According to PSAC, the following features of the budget threaten quality
public services and fail working people:

    - The proposal to "modernize" the federal pay equity regime would remove
      women's right to go to court to demand equal pay of equal value.
    - Proposed legislation on public sector compensation will likely roll
      back previously negotiated wage increases - effectively breaking
      collective agreements for many PSAC workers including those employed by
      the Canada Revenue Agency.
    - An infrastructure spending program that requires provinces and
      municipalities to contribute 73 cents for every dollar a federal
      funding will delay critical job creating projects that should be
      stimulating Canada's economy this year, not next.
    - "Band-Aid" changes to the Employment Insurance program do nothing to
      ensure access to benefits for the 60 per cent of unemployed people in
      Canada who currently do not qualify for EI - the majority of whom are
    - The continued emphasis on public-private partnerships for
      infrastructure projects - including the proposed sell-off of federal
      assets - will cost the public significantly more money and prove to be
      much less accountable than publicly-financed ones.
    - Billions in tax cuts will do little to stimulate the economy and would
      be better invested in much-needed public services such as universal
      child care and pharmacare.

For further information:

For further information: Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications, (613)
292-8363 (cell)

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