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e-1266 (Federal public service)

Initiated by Sylvie Gewehr from Haines Junction, Yukon

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Phoenix pay system is causing tens of thousands of federal government employees undue hardship, stress in the workplace and mental health issues;
  • 156,000 federal government employees are reported to be affected by Phoenix, many more have stopped reporting their issues, and numerous error reports have been lost in the system;
  • Federal government employees are unable to review and understand their pay to ensure its accuracy and have an increase work load due to the many hours spent on these issues;
  • The number of backlog cases in the pay system has increased in the last months to reach over 237,000; and
  • The failure to properly pay the federal government employees violates Article 23, Section 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to take immediate and drastic measures to ensure all federal government employees be paid as per their work contracts and collective agreements. Such measures could include: hiring enough professional and fully trained compensation advisers to allow every employee to review their pay file one-on-one and be made whole again; giving these compensation advisers direct access to Phoenix and the ability to adjust incorrect data in the system as needed; getting rid of the 1-800 numbers and call centres through which no effective help can be given to employees; and providing employees with clear and easy to understand written statements of actions taken on their pay files.
Government response tabled on March 19, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-79-04)
Open for signature
September 28, 2017, at 1:44 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 26, 2018, at 1:44 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Larry Bagnell (Yukon)
January 31, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02010)
Government response tabled
March 19, 2018
Photo - Larry Bagnell
Liberal Caucus
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