PSAC is keeping all options on the table to put pressure on Treasury Board after they came to the Common Issues table with a wage proposal during negotiations March 28–31. The employer’s offer of 1.5%, 2%, 1.75% and 1.5% over a four-year agreement — averaging 1.75% per year from 2021–2025 — is completely out of touch with soaring inflation across Canada.

Last year’s inflation rate topped out at 3.4% and this year’s rate is expected to be well above 4%. Indicators reached 30-year highs in February 2022 and inflation is not expected to drop below 2% for 2023 and beyond. PSAC has proposed wage increases of 4.5% per year to protect workers from the rising cost of living and ensure PSAC members and their families don’t fall behind.

Other than a response on wages, the employer’s offer did not address any of the union’s proposals. They only restated their position on their concessionary proposals related to technological change, discipline, numerous leave provisions, and the Work Force Adjustment Appendix (WFA).

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