Unions critical of federal budget

Born-again Keynesians fail to impress their employees
By Gordon Sova
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/01/2009

The union movement in Canada, which was unanimous in its condemnation of the Conservative government over its November economic statement, is no more supportive of the budget. In addition to a general attack on the principles behind Prime Minister Harper’s stimulus package, there is also fear of how some of the plans will impact public servants.

Measures to “ensure sustainable federal public service wage rates” were announced in November. They were not front and centre in January, but they have not gone away either. Both the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) have recently negotiated tentative agreements, and PSAC has ratified their most numerically significant one. The unions are concerned that the government may now reduce the wage increases they agreed to.