Although federal public servants have always had a limited right to freedom of expression (as compared to private sector employees), certain government employees have recently been subjected to increasingly strict policies, or codes of conduct, which govern their behaviour both in and out of the workplace. Two recent policies effectively restrict access to the media and participation in forums for intellectual debate -- such as conferences or teaching engagements. Contrary to what you might expect, these policies do not target employees in the justice, immigration or national defence departments, but rather scientists, librarians and archivists associated with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
PSAC National President Robyn Benson speaks about the 'We are all affected' campaign and what union members can do to make the public aware of the consequences of Conservative government cutbacks for Canadians and their communities.
Should public transit be free on smog and heat alert days? What an idea. Time to get on the bus and start moving forward again.
Ottawa - The federal budget that was tabled in Parliament on Monday by the Harper Conservatives aims to reduce the deficit on the backs of hard working Canadians by slashing essential services, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada. In response, the PSAC launched a national campaign to reach out to Canadians in workplaces and communities across the country.
"Cutting public services and jobs is the wrong priority at the wrong time," said John Gordon, National President of PSAC. "A majority in Parliament does not give Harper the license to ignore the Canadian public."