PIPSC Files Complaint Against Treasury Board Alleging Interference and Bad Faith Bargaining
On Friday, July 11, 2014, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) filed a formal complaint with the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) accusing the federal government of interference with the administration of a trade union, bad faith bargaining, and violation of the statutory freeze provisions of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.
PIPSC argues that the public positions taken by Treasury Board concerning sick leave and the federal government’s proposed short term disability plan, along with their direct communications to our members about their strategy, undermines the union’s role as exclusive bargaining agent. We also argue that Treasury Board’s recent assertions, especially in an Ottawa Citizen article published July 8 which quotes Treasury Board President Tony Clement, make it clear that the government is not interested in any meaningful bargaining over the issue. This amounts to surface bargaining and therefore bargaining in bad faith. Lastly, we allege that, by putting its proposed short term disability plan out for tender, the government has already taken concrete steps to implement its position, even before going into bargaining.
PIPSC’s complaint seeks identical remedies to those sought by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in a separate complaint filed earlier in the week. To read PIPSC’s submissions to the PSLRB please click here.