NDP Calls for Action on Phoenix to Help Unpaid Employees.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 23, 2016 

NDP Calls for Action on Phoenix to Help Unpaid Employees 

OTTAWA - New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to provide a concrete timeline to fix the botched Phoenix pay system, which is failing to pay many federal employees. 

“The Professional Institute of the Public Service announcing loans to its members underscores the severity of this emergency,” said NDP Critic for Public Services Erin Weir (MP for Regina–Lewvan), “For more than a month, we have been asking cabinet ministers about payroll problems for the RCMP Depot in my riding and federal employees providing other essential services across Canada.” 

At the government operations committee, the NDP raised concerns about Phoenix directly with Public Services Minister Judy Foote, Treasury Board President Scott Brison on June 2, and senior officials from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. 

Earlier this year, employees at the Phoenix pay centre in Miramichi called on the government to delay implementing this untested system, until the kinks and glitches could be resolved. 

“The Liberals received many warnings and should have listened,” said Weir. “Failing to pay employees correctly and on time would be unacceptable in any workplace. It’s a national embarrassment that our federal government is not meeting such basic obligations.” 

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