Phoenix Pay System

Updates

20 February 2018
Last week I was invited to meet with the Cabinet level working group on the Phoenix pay system to discuss potential solutions. I last met with the Cabinet committee in June 2017 and since then we have sadly seen little to no progress – in fact the problems continue to mount.
16 February 2018
What We’re Doing The Institute continues to express our members’ frustrations and concerns with the Phoenix pay system and to urge the government to implement a new system that works as quickly as possible.
12 February 2018
On February 7, 2018, PIPSC Vice-President Stéphane Aubry and Special Advisor to the President Emily Watkins testified before the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance about the Phoenix pay system’s impact on Institute members.
1 February 2018
I recently wrote to Treasury Board President Scott Brison to express my frustration at being informed that the government is very likely not going to be able to process overpayment claims reported by the January 19, 2018 deadline.
26 January 2018
As we approach the two-year anniversary of the introduction of the Phoenix pay system, PIPSC members are still facing mounting pay problems – and they’ve had enough. The time has come for the government to compensate employees for the hardship this system has put our members through.
12 January 2018
It has come to our attention that many of you who are trying to report overpayments by the January 19, 2018 deadline cannot get through to Contact Centre staff because of busy signals or being put on hold for extended periods.
3 January 2018
With the 2017 tax season almost here, overpayment situations caused by the Phoenix system can become particularly stressful for government employees. Pressed by public service bargaining agents, the government has taken a number of steps to ensure public servants are not out-of-pocket as a result of an overpayment.
28 November 2017
PIPSC is applauding a decision by the federal government to put the transfer of RCMP civilian employees to the Phoenix pay system “indefinitely” on hold.
24 November 2017
Earlier this month, PSPC Minister Carla Qualtrough asked me if I would be willing to negotiate simplifying some of the pay rules bargained over decades that, some claim, contribute to the dysfunction of the federal pay system.
21 November 2017
Today’s report by Auditor General Michael Ferguson on the problems with the troubled Phoenix pay system provides further evidence to support our argument that Phoenix is beyond fixing and sh
16 November 2017
"CTV Power Play with Don Martin - Time to throw out Phoenix? Interview with Debi Daviau on November 14, 2017"
14 November 2017
The Phoenix pay system needs to be replaced with a new system that works built by the government's own IT professionals, says the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents over 50,000 federal government employees.
10 November 2017
Attention News/Assignment Editors: Media Advisory For immediate release PIPSC President Debi Daviau to Issue Statement on Phoenix, the Federal Government’s Troubled Pay System
3 November 2017
We have received several inquiries about the impact of the Phoenix pay system on retroactive pay for members who signed new collective agreements this year.
27 October 2017
The Senate of Canada is investigating abandoning the Phoenix pay system and moving to its own payroll system.
18 October 2017
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Public Service Employees Rally in Vancouver to Fix Phoenix
17 October 2017
Attention News/Assignment Editors MEDIA ADVISORY (Photo Opportunity) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 October 2017
12 October 2017, Ottawa — Hundreds of public service workers are holding a rally at 12:30 pm today in front of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office to send a clear message to the Liberal government: Enough is enough!
6 October 2017
Radio-Canada and the CBC have reported this week that Phoenix was “doomed from the start.” The reason? The business case prepared in 2009 under the previous government “lacked proper risk analysis and was politically motivated.” In the words of former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, “You look at this business case, you can drive trucks through some of the holes under the risk analysis.”
3 October 2017
In light of the Phoenix fiasco and as part of a commitment made to bargaining agents to make it easier for their members to obtain information about their pay, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSCPC) has just released its Pay Bulletin for September.
2 October 2017
The Institute has just filed two new policy grievances on Phoenix-related issues, accusing the Treasury Board of failing to implement the terms of the AV and SP Group collective agreements within the specified timeframe (120 and 90 days respectively).
29 September 2017
While much has been reported about the impact of the Phoenix pay system on current federal employees, comparatively little has been said about the harm done to retirees.
26 September 2017
At the request of the Union-Management Consultation Committee (UMCC), the Professional Institute, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Association of Justice Counsel and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers have formed a Sub-Committee to develop a framework for the payme
1 September 2017
For Immediate Release Labour Day 2017: Labouring to Fix Phoenix
23 August 2017
Summer may be coming to an end but the problems with Phoenix continue to plague public servants. Although it would be overly optimistic to suggest a fix is imminent, we are seeing some progress.
21 August 2017
Problems caused by the Phoenix pay system debacle persist this summer. Here is a brief account of the situation.
21 July 2017
Recently, I sent an opinion piece to the Globe and Mail about our members’ ongoing problems with the Phoenix pay system and what I consider to be one of the root causes of the debacle: outsourcing.
17 July 2017
While the current government has been right to criticize the last one for laying off hundreds of compensation staff before it rolled out Phoenix, it’s the decisions around outsourcing such projects in the first place that demand a rethink.
13 July 2017
I am pleased to report that our initiative to recruit and train CSs to work on Phoenix is making good progress.  I made a strong case for building the government’s in-house capacity at my recent meeting with the Cabinet Committee of Ministers tasked with fixing the beleaguered Phoenix pay system.
29 June 2017
Last week I was invited to speak with the cabinet-level working group on Phoenix to discuss potential solutions to the Phoenix pay system. I brought to them a number of problems and possible solutions to help fix the disastrous Phoenix pay system. Public servants are still facing hardship and ongoing problems and we all desperately want to see relief and a solution soon.
6 June 2017
Next week, June 11-17, is National Public Service Week (NPSW). Since 1992 it’s been an occasion to recognize and celebrate the contributions Canada’s public service professionals make to society. The Professional Institute supports this celebration of our members’ accomplishments. In fact, we first proposed it.
2 June 2017
“Today’s update by Deputy Minister Lemay indicates that the government has again failed to plan ahead -- this time for entirely predictable increases in the numbers of employee payroll adjustments needed to implement new collective agreements,” said PIPSC Vice President Steve Hindle.
26 May 2017
The announcement this week that the federal government will temporarily hire an additional 200 staff, invest a further $142 million over three years, and introduce even more measures to expedite fixing Phoenix is welcome, if long overdue, news.
5 May 2017
After defending literally hundreds of individual member grievances related to the Phoenix pay system and lobbying the government for many months with no permanent fix in sight, PIPSC has today filed policy
28 April 2017
Representatives from several public service unions reacted cautiously yesterday to the creation of a government working group to tackle the Phoenix pay system.