In order to meet Schedule L of the collective agreement, the PSAC and the employer conducted a collective salary study for the SC group. This primary research study was completed by Mercer Canada in March 2019 and reviewed by both the union and the employer. The wage study consisted of four different SC jobs and the results showed that the SC positions examined all had wages comparable to the market (Table 17). Fiscal flexibility is particularly important, as very low interest rates prevent monetary policy from responding to an economic downturn with further interest rate cuts. The Bank of Canada`s current rate of 1.75% is more than two and a half times below the preset level of 4.5% in August 2007. According to TD Economics, central banks have limited room to provide stimulus in the event of a recession. Footnote 24 Instead, the employer proposes to change the concept of “man positions” to “workstations” to facilitate translation into the French version of the agreement into “employee-e” instead of “person,” which refers to the female sex. The term “employee-e” is already included in the agreement as a whole. Subsequent changes made throughout the agreement must be made in accordance with this agreed approach. For the ASD initiatives, a joint CEF-ASD committee will be created, which will be represented on an equal footing by the rating agency and PSAC components.
By mutual agreement, the committee can involve other participants. The CEF-ASD Joint Committee will set the rules of conduct for the committee. Since spring 2018, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has been negotiating, on behalf of the Treasury Board, the employer of the CPA, with more than 11 negotiators to renew collective agreements representing more than 175,000 employees. Footnote 2 Footnote 3 For all agreements reached to date, average annual growth is 2.0% per year over four years before the composite effect is calculated. It takes into account economic increases of 2%, 2%, 1.5% and 1.5%, as well as increases of 1% targeted over the duration of the agreements. Real GDP growth peaked at 3.2% in 2017, before slowing sharply to 2.0% in 2018 (Table 21). The outlook for real GDP growth continues to deteriorate to 1.7% in 2019 and 2020. Over the period 2014-2017, real economic growth averaged 2.1%, higher than the average growth outlook of 1.8% for the period 2019-2021. Despite the economy`s continued dependence on historically low interest rates, the GDP growth profile has slowed. The employer`s proposal in paragraph 61.02 must address an error that occurred during the transition from the AFP to the CSSDA.
Since at least 2001, the requirement to perform duties for a minimum of ten days in a position position is a central element of the allocation and an integral part of the SV collective agreement. The Government of Canada is committed to negotiating in good faith with all federal public sector negotiators. The government`s approach is to negotiate agreements that are appropriate for Canadian employees, negotiators and taxpayers. As shown in Table 8, the OAS group has had very few workers leaving the public service due to non-retirement, with the majority of groups declining for this statistic. It also shows that the federal government continues to offer attractive conditions, stable jobs and highly competitive wages, making it a coveted place to work. In 2010, the employer made changes to its parking policy, where public service employees who use parking in or leased by the Government of Canada must pay a market fee for parking.