Finally, Union wants audit of contracting at Shared Services Canada

KMayArticle by KATHRYN MAY, Ottawa Citizen

Union wants audit of contracting at Shared Services Canada

The union representing federal IT workers wants an investigation into the thousands of consultants hired by Shared Services Canada on multi-year contracts, claiming the practice flouts hiring rules and undermines the merit principle that is supposed to ensure a competent, non-partisan public service.

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CS Group Newsletter, Summer 2013

The CS Group Winter Newsletter is out. Here is the list of all the articles available in the PDF file.

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  • - President’s message
  • - Workplace organizing
  • - Rally against outsourcing of public services
  • - Communication to steward and members
  • - CS Group Election Report
  • - Shared Services Canada—Report
  • - Who are we ?


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Is Giving Ourselves the Means to Negotiate and Be Represented a Luxury or a Necessity?

by Robert Tellier, Bargaining Team Officer

 

201410 RTellierNo one believes that our collective agreement gets renewed magically or automatically. In an ideal world, our employer would provide us with working conditions free from discrimination and abuse of any kind. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Defending our employment rights is a day-to-day fight. The collective renewal process is so complex that it is virtually continuous. In the last few rounds, on average the collective agreement took 12 months to prepare, 18 months to negotiate and more than 6 months to share its contents. In other words, each renewal has taken close to three years.

Needless to say, member support is key to negotiating a collective agreement that properly represents us. Support from our members is the result of a daily collective effort that is coordinated through our Stewards in the workplace. In recent years, PIPSC and the CS Group have invested a lot of money to identify and represent our members’ concerns. This investment has allowed us to negotiate in the best interest of the CS community. The recent fights have by no means been easy. The government set itself some objectives that have turned back the clock on working conditions in Canada. As you know, we have lost our terminable allowance and can no longer accrue severance pay. These two examples clearly demonstrate the importance of being mobilized so that we can tackle these problems head on.

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Shared Services Canada Outsourcing Announcement

Last week, Shared Services Canada announced that they had awarded a massive contract to Bell Canada and CGI for the amalgamation and continued support of federal government e-mail systems and services.

Friday, the Institute denounced the move to outsource a service that could easily be managed by our members. It is more than clear that this is further evidence that the current government’s goal is not only the reduction in the size of the federal public service but to promote an agenda that seemingly supports corporate interests regardless of the cost.

The Group has always supported the principle that CS work belongs to CS members in all departments and agencies. We provide cost effective, secure support unmotivated by profit. We serve the interests of Canadians day in and day out with professionalism and dedication. We are at the core of the success of government and service delivery to the public.

We will continue to fight against any further move of IT service and function to the private sector. But we will need all our members to stand together to keep our work and to inform Canadians that it is in their interest that we do.

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