Federal ministers offered an replace on the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s strike motion in a information convention on Wednesday afternoon, with Treasury Board President Mona Fortier confirming negotiations have been persevering with.
“We can’t write a clean examine,” Fortier mentioned.
The bargaining teams contain some 155,000 federal public servants, together with 35,000 employees from Canada’s tax company at time when taxes are due. Near 50,000 employees stay at work as they’re deemed important.
Chris Aylward, the president of Public Service Alliance, mentioned Wednesday that 97,000 employees are on strike nationwide.
For the reason that strike entails almost one-third of all federal public servants, each the union and the federal government have warned of disruptions, together with what may quantity to an entire halt of the tax season. Most tax returns in Canada are due April 30.
Different considerations embrace disruptions to employment insurance coverage, immigration and passport purposes.
The union is looking the strike motion, which formally started at 12:01 a.m. EDT Wednesday, one of many largest in Canadian historical past.
Federal employees arrived Wednesday morning on Parliament Hill to picket, holding indicators that mentioned “honest deal for employees.”
The union is pushing for annual wage raises of 4.5% over the subsequent three years. It says the will increase are essential to maintain tempo with inflation and the price of residing. The Treasury Board mentioned it has provided the union a 9% increase over three years.