New labour relations model touted for federal government

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/16/2001

A cultural overhaul is needed in the federal public sector if strained employee and labour relations are to be mended, a new report from a government-appointed committee recommends.

Anti-union sentiments that run deep in the upper management rungs of the federal sector will have to be overcome, the report states. Government employees must coexist with labour and share power, moving away from a harsh, adversarial approach to a more collaborative one with unions. For their part, unions will have to start trusting the government.

“In short, what is often referred to as a cultural change,” states the Advisory Committee on Labour Management Relations in the Federal Public Service report.