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PIPSC Joins Labour Allies to Lobby Members of Parliament on Pensions, Pay Equity and Pharmacare

On February 7,2017 PIPSC leaders, members and staff took part in the largest ever Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Lobby Day event on Parliament Hill. Some 362 participants from 42 different public and private sector unions met with well over 165 Members of Parliament (MPs) and Ministers on three key issues of particular importance to PIPSC members. Participants voiced their opposition to Bill C-27, a Bill that threatens the retirement security of Canadians, stressed the need for timely and fair Pay Equity, and emphasized the urgent necessity of introducing a Pharmacare program.

We made some progress, and the Minister of Finance has now promised not to proceed before he has had the opportunity to consult bargaining agents. We are also seeing a renewed interest from the President of the Treasury Board and fellow Cabinet members in ensuring Pay Equity is implemented sooner, and any roadblocks to progress removed. Our participants were also able to identify many Parliamentarians who support an affordable prescription drug program.

Ensuring our voices are heard on Parliament Hill is essential to keeping our government accountable and responsive. We will continue to make sure that MPs and Ministers hear from us on issues critical to PIPSC members.

Please sign this petition and let the government know that many Canadians are opposed to Bill C-27, a Bill aimed at allowing employers to convert Defined Benefit pension plans to lesser Target Benefit plans.

Here are some photos of your PIPSC Lobby Team at work.

Photo captions:

Rob Macdonald meeting with MP Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East)

Jean Bérubé meeting with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont)

Nancy McCune meeting with Senator Grant Mitchell

Emily Watkins meeting with President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison

CLC President Hassan Yusseff addresses participants

Shirley Friesen with Elizabeth May

Publish Date: 17-FEB-2017 04:16 PM