Ottawa, August 29, 2014 – The next government of New Brunswick must understand and reflect the concerns of its public service, according to Professional Institute of the Public Service (PIPSC) President Debi Daviau. Next week, Daviau will meet with Institute members in Fredericton and Moncton and will continue to reach out to provincial political parties asking them to take a stand on key issues that impact these members.
Above all else, Daviau will ask party leaders for their commitment to revisit the Alward government’s imposition of a “Shared Risk” pension plan on current and retired members.
“Our members were particularly hard hit by the unfair pension changes imposed by the outgoing government,” said President Daviau. “We remain convinced that mutually agreed solutions through dialogue are possible and we will continue to recommend this course of action to the next government of the province.”
PIPSC is also concerned about cuts to programs and services, and the recruitment and retention of professional public service workers which is itself threatened by the Alward government’s pension reform.
In addition to membership meetings in Fredericton (Wednesday, September 3, 6 PM, Grant Harvey Arena, 600 Knowledge Park Drive) and Moncton (Thursday, September 4, 6 pm, Moncton Press Club, 160 Assomption Blvd.), President Daviau will continue her outreach to party leaders and will be available to media on both days. Please see below for contact information.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada’s public sector, including some 1,300 provincial and federal employees in New Brunswick.