About 500 civilians who work for the Non-Public Funds (NPF) at military bases in Ontario and Quebec planned to move out on Monday.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Union of National Defense Employees (UNDE) served the employer with a strike notice earlier this week. The two trade union organizations claim that the employer refused this
to strive to clarify the main points of contention.
The union's main demands concern salaries, particularly a pan-Canadian salary scale. It says in a press releasePSAC points out that these are the lowest paid workers in the federal public service.
People who work for non-public funds provide essential support to military members and their families, but earn little more than minimum wage and often have to find a second job to make ends meet.said Chris Aylward, national president of thePSAC.
The members of the NPF are part of the public service, he continuesPSACbut they are
significantly underpaid compared to other federal employees doing the same type of work.
For example, fitness and physical education instructors at the Bagotville base in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region earn 62% less than their counterparts at the Treasury Department, the release saidPSAC. She adds that accounting employees at the Valcartier base earn nearly $10 less per hour than those who do the same work for them NPF in Ottawa, a difference of 31%.
The union regrets that no progress has been made in introducing a uniform salary scale for staff in non-public funds.
whose salaries vary greatly from one military base to another.
He stresses that the pan-Canadian pay scale is particularly important for equity because it would ensure that all people doing the same work receive the same salary.
L'PSAC announced that its members' benefit plan and additional benefits for those on maternity leave have been suspended. The union says it has now found another social plan for striking members.
The employer is failing the most marginalized workers by cutting their benefits. It is hypocrisy for a government to brag about being feministdenounced June Winger, national president of the in a press releaseUNDE.
It's clear that the Department of Defense still has work to do to create an inclusive and diverse workplace.
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