OTTAWA, June 23, 2016 /CNW/ - PSAC/UTE members who work at the Canada Revenue Agency voted to support their bargaining team's recommendation and reject a settlement that their union reached with the CRA in April. This now places the workers in a legal strike position.
"After more than four years of frustration, we want to negotiate a fair agreement," said Bob Campbell, National President of the Union of Taxation Employees, a component of PSAC. "We urge the CRA to join us at the table and negotiate a contract that is fair to our hardworking members."
Fair contract needed
The UTE bargaining team wants to see a contract that addresses the compensation issues raised in bargaining and to achieve improvements that are in line with what was negotiated for thousands of other federal employees.
Returning to table is the goal
"Our members have spoken, and we will be prepared to take strike action if necessary," said Robyn Benson, National President of PSAC. "It is unacceptable that we have had to wait more than four years and have yet to achieve a fair contract with the CRA. Under the law, our strike mandate is valid for 60 days. We expect to return to the bargaining table to conclude a fair collective agreement."
More information on next steps will be posted on the UTE website over the next few days.
SOURCE Public Service Alliance of Canada