PSAC strike enters second week
Union wants Trudeau to intervene; government calls union demands ‘unaffordable’
About two dozen striking federal government workers picket in Iqaluit Wednesday as the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s national strike entered its second week. In Ottawa, PSAC president Chris Aylward called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to get involved in the negotiations for a new contract for federal government workers.
PSAC wants a 13.5 per cent wage increase over three years for its 155,000 members, among other conditions such as work-from-home legislation. The government has offered nine per cent over three years. Earlier in the day, the government called the union’s demands “unaffordable.” Striking workers will continue to receive their regular pay until May 10 because they are paid two weeks in arrears, according to a Globe and Mail report on Wednesday. (Photo by David Lochead)