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Federal Government Workers Union agrees to mediation


OTTAWA –

The Treasury Commission and the Public Service Union of Canada have agreed to mediate in a contract dispute involving 11,000 federal public servants working in technical services.

Negotiations between the two sides broke down in May when the union, which had been calling for a significant pay increase, announced an impasse.

A newly released report from a public interest commission set up by the labor commission says the union’s position on wages is “the polar opposite” of the Treasury Committee.

The report urges both sides to clearly define their priorities, exchange information and regulate their requests – and says if that happens, it looks likely there will be areas where compromise can be made. hiep.

A spokesman for the Treasury Committee said it was happy to return to negotiations, but remained wary of the possibility of a strike.

The president of Canada’s Public Service Coalition says the union is ready to bargain, but the government needs to get back to the negotiating table with a better mandate.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 20, 2023.

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This story was produced with the financial support of Meta and the Canadian Press News Scholarship.

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