Canada’s largest federal public sector union declares deadlock in negotiations with Ottawa

PSAC President Chris Aylward speaks at a press conference in Ottawa, October 31, 2018.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Canada’s largest federal public sector union says it has declared an impasse in negotiations with Ottawa and plans to file for conciliation in hopes of reaching a settlement.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada says the federal government has failed to provide a wage offer that protects workers against rising inflation.

He says Ottawa has offered wage increases averaging 1.75% per year over a four-year collective agreement.

The union represents more than 120,000 federal public service workers currently negotiating with the Treasury Board of Canada.

Chris Aylward, the union’s national president, says everyday items like groceries, gas and utilities are becoming unaffordable and workers need better wages to meet soaring costs.

The union says other key demands include addressing systemic racism in the federal public service and improving post-pandemic workplaces with more remote work options and the right to disconnect.

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