PSAC says strike will begin Wednesday if no deal reached with federal government

Members of the Public Service Coalition of Canada (PSAC) demonstrate outside the Ministry of Finance building in Ottawa, Friday, March 31, 2023. Canada’s largest federal public service union is expected to announce the next step in contract negotiations with the government, after members voted to authorize the largest strike against a single employer in Canadian history. Canadian Press/Patrick Doyle

Strikes to start on Wednesday if no deal with federal government is reached, PSAC says

155,000 employees ready to leave

The largest federal public service union in the country said it would go on strike Wednesday if it fails to reach an agreement with the federal government by 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The Canadian Public Service Federation says about 155,000 workers are preparing to leave, including 35,000 from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Mediation contract talks between the union and a Treasury committee continued over the weekend, with unions saying it was the government’s last chance to reach a deal.

The biggest sticking point in the negotiations appears to be wage increases, as unions have called for them to keep up with rising costs of living and historic inflation.

The government is proposing average wage increases of about 2% a year over five years, while unions are pushing for a 4.5% annual increase.

The union also wants more restrictions on contract workers, more anti-racism training and remote work rules.

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