Wednesday, October 27, 2010
PIPSC Pulls out of Contract Talks with Treasury Board
Word has spread by now that PIPSC has pulled out of early contract talks with Treasury Board. The Ottawa Citizen has a article in yesterday's issue on the story. The pull out was basically about the concession of severance pay. Earlier in October PSAC reached a deal for its PG, EB and SV Treasury Board Groups in which they made an important concession - they gave up severance pay on retirement and voluntary departure. This is a long standing benefit public servants had in their collective agreements. PSAC essentially traded this for a higher wage increase. Debate is starting on whether this was the right call for PSAC. The PIPSC pull out undoubtedly signals a difference of opinion between the two biggest public sector Unions. To know more about the severance issue see PSACs Q&As on the matter.