Workers giving up promotions, leave
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