Another rally by federal government workers affected by the Phoenix pay system will take place over the lunch hour today, this time in Corner Brook.
About 100 workers rallied outside MP Seamus O’Regan’s office in Mount Pearl yesterday in another bid to have the system fixed. Some federal government employees have gone for extended periods without pay since the new pay system was put in place by the previous Harper government.
It’s all lead to great hardship for many workers according to the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s Jeannie Baldwin.
She says she recently heard from workers in PEI who had their vehicles repossessed, and one man who was nearly evicted from his apartment until he produced a letter from his director indicating that he didn’t get paid.
Baldwin says casual and seasonal employees are still being affected. She claims the system didn’t work in Australia and the federal government of the time should have known it wouldn’t work here.
Today’s rally will take place at noon outside MP Gudie Hutchings’ officer on Park Street in Corner Brook.
MP Seamus O’Regan is in Ottawa and sent his regrets that he wasn’t able to speak to protesters outside his office yesterday.
He says the Phoenix pay system is a problem they inherited from the Harper government and they’ve been working diligently to fix it. He says last month the Prime Minister has set up a task force to solve the problem and they’ve put $142-million into recruitment and training to fix the problem.
He says ultimately, it’s about people with extended lines of credit, second mortgages, and people who have to look after their kids. He calls it a top priority, and says they won’t stop until the problem is fixed.