PSAC and Treasury Board reach tentative agreements, ending national strike for 120,000 workers

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AFTER nearly two years of negotiations, the Public Service Alliance of Canada has reached tentative agreements with Treasury Board for the PA, SV, TC and EB groups representing more than 120,000 federal public service workers. The agreements put an immediate end to the nationwide general strike that began on April 19, the PSAC announced on Sunday night.

The new collective agreements – spanning from June 2021 to June 2024 – provide wage increases that close the gap with inflation, totaling 12.6% in compounded wage increases over the term of the contract. An additional fourth year was added to the original proposal, and delivers a full inflationary increase for the final year of the contract, as well as a pensionable lump sum payment of $2,500, and addresses PSAC members’ key priorities on remote work, contracting out and seniority.

Over 100,000 PSAC members joined more than 250 picket lines across the country throughout the strike. PSAC members working for Treasury Board bargaining units will return to work beginning May 1 at 9 a.m. ET.

“PSAC members held the line together and secured a fair contract that keeps up with the cost of living, increased protections around remote work, and creates safer, more inclusive workplaces,” said Aylward.

Strike action continues across the country for 35,000 members at Canada Revenue Agency May 1 as negotiations resume with a new mandate from CRA to reach a fair contract.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is Canada’s largest federal public service union, representing nearly 230,000 workers in every province and territory in Canada, including more than 120,000 federal public service workers employed by Treasury Board, and more than 35,000 employed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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