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NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK: OPEN LETTER FROM PROFESSIONALS CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT’S “COMMITMENT”
Ottawa, June 8, 2012 - On what should have been the milestone twentieth anniversary of National Public Service Week (NPSW), the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is challenging the federal government’s “commitment” to delivering key programs and services to Canadians from coast to coast.
In an open letter to the Head of the Public Service, Privy Council Clerk Wayne Wouters, PIPSC says that it does not believe that the current government can credibly invite Canadians to mark National Public Service Week under the slogan “Celebrating our Commitment”.
“Our members are rightfully proud of their commitment to serve their fellow citizens and of their accomplishments as professionals dedicated to the public good,” writes Institute President Gary Corbett. “But they are also deeply concerned about the impact of this government’s policy decisions on programs and services designed to serve and protect Canadians, their environment and their communities”.
The Professional Institute, in fact, originated the idea for what in 1992 became an annual opportunity to highlight the important work performed by federal public service employees on behalf of all Canadians. Since early April, over 3,150 PIPSC members including scientists, health professionals, policy advisors, veterinarians and IT specialists have received “affected” notices.
During National Public Service Week, PIPSC will continue to draw attention to its members’ commitment to serving the public while also highlighting actions by the current government that undermine critical programs and services that Canadians depend on.
The open letter to the Clerk expresses the hope that the Institute and the 60,000 public service professionals it represents will soon be in a position to support, and fully participate in, what should be an important celebration of Canada’s public service.
“In the meantime, it is our duty as professional public servants to call attention to the severe damage being caused to the programs and services that generations of Canadians have struggled to build, and that future generations have every right to inherit,” concludes Corbett.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada’s public sector. It is a founding member of Professionals Serving Canadians (PSC), a coalition of six concerned public service unions who believe that the Harper government’s plan to slash programs and services across the government will have serious repercussions on the well-being of Canadians, their families, and their communities.
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