The public service agreement contained in the 34 agreements mentioned above is the best way to implement collective agreements. It outlines not only a new method that allows workers to pay retroactive amounts as close as possible to what would have been achieved if Phoenix could process retroactive amounts in the traditional way, but also within a reasonable time for most workers. A four-year agreement would allow the parties to more fully implement the changes negotiated during this round. I would also provide a better opportunity to stabilize the compensation system before the next collective agreement is implemented. Given the ongoing compensation and human resources systems and persistent wage management challenges, the Government of Canada does not have the capacity to implement agreements on a different basis than negotiated agreements. Approval of another implementation process and, in the meantime, would mean negotiations in bad faith on behalf of the government, because it would accept something that it would not be able to complete. TBS successfully entered into collective agreements for 17 CPA groups with 11 negotiators. These 17 collective agreements concern employees represented by some of the major bargaining partners, including PIPSC, CAPE and ACFO. Based on the above information, the adoption of the employer`s proposal will ensure consistency with other collective agreements submitted to the CSSDA and provide for an update of the older language. The employer also recalls that Article 5 (the primacy of legislation) of the collective agreements PA, SV, TC and EB states that: The employer undertakes to make available to the PSAC – TBS JLP from the day of the signing of the collective agreement PA 355,375 USD 330,000 USD per month to ensure the continuity of this initiative. In the spring of 2019, the government developed a new methodology for calculating retroactive payments to facilitate their implementation.
The government has also negotiated broader implementation times, fair compensation for staff, recognizing longer deadlines and accountability measures.