PHOENIX PAY FIASCO

ALISTAIR MacGREGOR

In the House

“Public servants have been suffering under the Phoenix pay system fiasco since its inception”

It’s been more than three years since the Liberal government, despite protests from public service employees and their union representatives, decided to roll out the former Conservative government’s Phoenix Pay System. That ill-advised decision continues to disrupt the pay of hundreds of thousands of hardworking public servants. This is utterly unacceptable.

According to the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Public Service Pay Centre is facing a backlog of over 280,000 cases, and about two-thirds of HR data is still being inputted late, causing pay problems across the board. The latest Public Service Employees Survey, taken by over 160,000 employees who completed the survey, makes it clear this government owes its workers compensation for the many hardships they have endured:

  • 65% (70,500) of workers say pay problems have not been resolved
  • 79% of respondents experienced stress because of Phoenix pay problems.
  • 22% (35,500) workers delay advancing their careers because of Phoenix (e.g., deployment, promotion, secondment, assignment, acting assignment) because they were concerned about the pay problems that might ensue if they did.

In March, I wrote a letter to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, stating:

“People’s lives are being drastically affected by this flawed pay system and the delays in fixing it. These are hard-working, dedicated Canadians who are in the public service for their country every day; they do not deserve this treatment. The federal government owes it to them to put whatever resources are needed together to resolve this matter now.”

In December, 2017, following my demands for action in the House of Commons, I wrote an article for the Goldstream Gazette entitled: Workers left in the lurch with ongoing Phoenix fiasco.

In our New Deal for People, my NDP colleagues and I vow to replace the failed Phoenix pay system brought in by the Conservative and Liberal governments, and recognize the real mental and emotional stress, and the financial impact that the Phoenix pay system has had on public servants.

Rest assured my constituency offices are here to help. If you are having trouble or are seeking assistance related to Public Services and Procurement, and/or Phoenix Pay issues, I encourage you to contact my office for support.

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