Union calls on Ottawa to earmark money in federal budget to replace troubled Phoenix pay system

The union representing 60,000 Canadian public service workers wants Ottawa to include money in its upcoming federal budget to replace the troubled Phoenix pay system.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada(PIPSC) has been marking the third anniversary of the system's failure with a National Week of Action with members and officials organizing events across the country.

In a media release on PIPSC's website, president Debi Daviau says the union also wants pay protections in new contracts.

The system failure resulted in thousands of workers being overpaid, underpaid, or not paid at all, and Daviau says after all they've been though with Phoenix, she'd be surprised if the federal government didn't come through on such commitments.

PIPSC says the Phoenix failure has a personal face:  that of its members.

The union adds that its members are still forced to navigate a broken system to understand things like pay stubs, back pay, repayment plans, access to promotions, change jobs, or even take sick leave.