Public Service Alliance of Canada - $120 million to be invested in the National Capital Region

    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - No less than $120 million will be
injected into the economy of the National Capital Region, as $4,000 will be
paid this week to each of the some 30,000 members of the Public Service
Alliance of Canada working for the Government of Canada.
    Treasury Board announced that on April 28 it would be issuing cheques for
$4,000, as stipulated in the collective agreements of PSAC members in the
Programs and Administration (PA) and Education and Library Science (EB)
groups. It is estimated that about 30,000 of the approximately 88,000 PSAC
members entitled to these payments work in the NCR.
    "In spite of the economic crisis, PSAC has managed to negotiate
collective agreements that have no concessions," explained Maria Fitzpatrick,
the PSAC Regional Vice-President for the National Capital Region. "These
agreements include some significant gains and they also call for the payment
of $4,000 to each of our members in the PA and EB groups."
    This very good regional economic news is somewhat tampered by the
decision of the Harper Government to refuse to honour its word and to reduce,
for thousands of our members, the wage increases negotiated in good faith last
year. For our members working for the Canada Revenue Agency, the National Arts
Centre, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the
Canada Council for the Arts, the Federal Government had adopted the
"Collective Bargaining Restraint Act" which will reduce by 1% the negotiated
wage increases for 2009 and 2010.
    "Once again", adds Maria Fitzpatrick, "the government lead by Stephen
Harper is using public service employees as scapegoats. Not only have the
Conservatives disowned their own signature on many collective agreements, they
have also removed the right to pay equity of all of our members working in the
federal public service. We are going to fight this decision by the
Conservative Government not only in court, but also in the political arena.
Today is the beginning of the next federal electoral campaign: 50,000 people
will remember this attack on their rights on election day."
    The economic impact of the rollbacks imposed by the Conservatives will be
felt in the region. However, close to $120 million still will be injected into
the National Capital Region in the coming days, the economic slowdown
notwithstanding. "Our members are part of their communities and will invest
this money into the regional economy, which is yet one more example of their
strong effect on economic growth. More than $340 million will be reinvested in
the economy across the country thanks to the agreements negotiated with PSAC."
    Ms. Fitzpatrick did add that some of this money, of course, would flow
back to the federal and provincial governments through income tax. "This money
will help strengthen public services all over Canada. Our members do not have
numbered accounts in Switzerland or tax shelters in Bermuda. They pay their
income taxes, and these taxes will impact the services offered to the entire
    The collective agreements of the Programs and Administration (86,600
members) and Education and Library Science (1,200 members) groups were
negotiated with the Government of Canada in November 2008. They are for four
years and include wage increases and improvements to non-monetary issues.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Lebel, Regional Representative, PSAC,
(819) 777-4647, (613) 293-4663

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