Fair Deal For Public EmployeesPublisher: Canadian Labour Congress, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published: 1978
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX891
The Canadian Labour Congress has published this booklet in conjunction with nine major unions including the Transit Workers, Railway Workers, Postal Workers and Letter Carriers, C.U.P.E. and the Public Service Alliance.
Abstract: The Canadian Labour Congress has published this booklet in conjunction with nine major unions including the Transit Workers, Railway Workers, Postal Workers and Letter Carriers, C.U.P.E. and the Public Service Alliance. It presents the dangers inherent for the labour movement in the federal government proposal to introduce the average comparability of total compensation (ACTC) formula into its negotiation with all public employees. Such a formula would limit wage gains by public employees to the average wages of workers in the private sector. Many in the labour movement, according to the booklet, fear that the ultimate purpose of the policy would be to extend the limits imposed on public sector employees to workers in the private market. Ultimately the formula would apply to all workers and would severely restrict workers in their struggle to keep abreast of inflation as prices rise. The CLC points out that, in fact, compensation of public employees falls short of that of the private sector in similar job categories.
The CLC fears that pubic employees may be used as scapegoats for problems in the economy and to reduce government spending, even though statistics show that since 1972 real wages have actually fallen. Unions are seeing this move by the government as a direct political threat, one that cannot met simply at the bargaining table. They ask that collective bargaining for wages be freed to return to the bargaining table and taken out of the political forum.