The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

PIPSC condemns the arrest of PSAC Union leader Alex Silas

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada condemns the overreach of the Ottawa police, following the arrest of Public Service Alliance of Canada regional executive vice-president Alex Silas during a lawful picket line of striking Non-Public Funds (NFP) workers.

“The arrest of Alex Silas is not just an isolated incident; it's a stark reminder of the challenges faced by workers who demand better,” said PIPSC President Jennifer Carr. “No labour leader should face such treatment for standing up for their members' rights.'

The recent arrest of Silas underscores the urgent need for justice and fair treatment of workers. Since January 15, hundreds of NFP workers – providing critical support services to Canadian Forces members, their families, and veterans at Canadian Forces facilities – have been on strike for fair wages, equal pay, and improved job security. The disparity in wages between these workers and their counterparts in the public sector is glaring and unjust. 

The workers were engaging in lawful and peaceful strike activity when the arrest occurred. 

“These striking workers – mostly women – are among the most precarious and low-paid in the federal public service,” continued Carr. “We stand in solidarity with them and demand accountability from law enforcement for their actions.”

As we continue our fight for fair treatment and respect for all workers, let us remember the power of solidarity. Together, we can hold employers accountable and ensure that every worker is treated with dignity and fairness. We encourage our members to:

  • Send a message to the government to table a fair offer for striking NPF workers
  • Join and support NPF picket lines near them
  • Call Ian Poulter, CEO of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, and demand that he table a fair offer for striking NPF workers: 613-996-3111