Strike votes for more than 35,000 Canada Revenue Agency public servants
Canada Revenue Agency Headquarters, Ottawa (archives).
January 31 to January 7 April, more than 35,000 federal employees of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will take part in strike votes. They have been without a contract for over a year.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE ) made the announcement on Tuesday.
Wages are stagnant while the cost of living continues to rise. […] We are demanding wages that follow inflation and a fair telework policy, but the Agency refuses to meet our wage demand and is still asking for major concessions, details PSAC National President Chris Aylward.
Chris Aylward, National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (archives)
The press release also indicates that the unions as well as the CRA will appear at the hearings of the Public Interest Commission (PIC) on January 27 and February 20. The PIC is due to release a report in the spring outlining its non-binding recommendations to help both sides of the table come to an agreement.
After the publication of the report, the PSAC-UTE will be in a legal strike position if the members grant it this mandate.
The UTE National President, Marc Brière, wanted to remind that CRA staff responded to the height of the pandemic, processing the many applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) across the country.
He believes that the CRA has shown no respect for public servants and that the unions want to respond with a strong strike mandate.
During the pandemic, many Canadians took advantage of CERB (archives).
In the days following the announcement of the Treasury Board telecommuting measure, it was possible to learn that the CRA is by far the largest separate agency outside of the core of the public service. She said she intended to follow the guidelines, although it is not required.
Because we believe the benefits of increased collaboration in person will help strengthen our organization and our culture, employees will be required to work at least two days a week in person, the Canada Revenue Agency said in a statement provided to CBC.
More details to come.