Work­ers giv­ing up pro­mo­tions, leave

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Civil ser­vants who trans­fer be­tween feder

al de­part­ments or re­ceive pro­mo­tions can ex­pect to wait more than six months for their pay­cheques to fol­low them through the Phoenix pay sys­tem, fed­eral of­fi­cials say, cost­ing some em­ploy­ees tens

of thou­sands of dol­lars as they wait — and caus­ing con­fu­sion across gov­ern­ment.

But the prob­lem is far worse than the Lib­er­als are let­ting on, with many peo­ple now re­fus­ing to take pro­mo­tions and parental leave over fears that they’ll lose their pay­cheques en­tirely, says the union rep­re­sent­ing a ma­jor­ity of gov­ern­ment work­ers.

The av­er­age wait time to process an em­ployee trans­fer from one depart­ment to another was about 136 work­ing days as of mid-jan­uary, said Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada, which is re­spon­si­ble for the pay sys­tem.

But some gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees have been told it could take up to a year or longer to have their trans­fers com­pleted.

“We’ve cer­tainly heard much worse,” said Chris Ayl­ward, na­tional ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Al­liance

of Canada.

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