Government tables “Go-to-work-sick” proposal
Tanna Pirie-Wilson spends a lot of time thinking about the impact of government cuts on Aboriginal communities in Canada. As a member of PSAC’s National Aboriginal People’s Circle (NAPC), she hears from First Nations organizations that have seen their budgets cut and from Aboriginal union members whose jobs are at risk.
The government presented the same proposal to gut sick leave to all of the Treasury Board bargaining tables. Among other things, the government’s proposal calls for a short-term disability plan, the elimination of sick leave banks and a maximum of 37.5 hours of sick leave a year. All of the PSAC bargaining teams rejected this proposal.
Over the last several months, the government has misled and misinformed the public about public service sick leave.
Instead of denigrating the hard working people of the public service and cutting services to Canadians, the government should be strengthening public services and celebrating the workers who provide them.