Media Advisory - PS worker, union fight unfair dismissal

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - In 2003, Sanjeev "Sonny" Gill was
charged by the RCMP in connection with a kidnapping. Three years later, the
B.C. Supreme Court cleared Gill of all charges. He was fired from his job in
the federal public service because of the charge and, now that he has been
declared innocent, he is being told he can't have his job back.
    Gill and his union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, will stand
before the Public Service Labour Relations Board to argue that Gill had been
treated unfairly and that the decision to end his employment was as a result
of pressure from the RCMP. Gill - an employee with excellent performance
reviews - had been working as an investigation control officer for HRDC when
he was charged in April 2003 with involvement in a kidnapping. At first, his
employer suspended him without pay pending investigation of his case.
    The PSLRB will hear that the RCMP requested that the employer revoke his
enhanced reliability status, something Gill needed to keep his job. The union
maintains that, based on this intervention, the employer revoked Gill's ERS in
August 2003 and therefore terminated his employment.
    The PSAC will argue at the hearing that the employer and the RCMP had no
basis to revoke Gill's ERS in the first place and that Gill should not have
been fired.
    "In Canada, people have a right to be presumed innocent until proven
guilty," says the PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for British Columbia,
Kay Sinclair. "That's guaranteed in the Canadian Charter. The RCMP abused its
power, and the employer willingly complied. Sonny Gill deserves justice, and
that's what we're fighting for."

    PSLRB Hearing:

    When:        Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007
                 9 a.m.

    Where:       Federal Court
                 Pacific Centre
                 701 West Georgia St.

For further information:

For further information: Kay Sinclair, PSAC REVP - B.C., (604) 430-0191

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