Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
July 21, 2011

Union presses HRSD on decision to block term employees from accumulating time toward indeterminate status

CEIU has written to HRSD over its decision to stop term employees from accumulating the time needed to gain indeterminate status. The union wants to examine the rationale for the department’s conclusion that a workforce adjustment situation would have developed if it had not taken the decision it did.

In her letter to HRSD, National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay asks for the documentation provided by the department to the Treasury Board to support its decision on term staff. The relevant portion of S. 7.2 of the Term Employment Policy reads:

In circumstances where a department/agency has given notice to the employer that, in reviewing its financial situation over the planning horizon (2-3 years), it can establish that the indeterminate appointment of term employees would result in workforce adjustment situations in the department overall, the department will advise affected employees employed on a term basis, in writing, that any further time spent in their current position will not count in the calculation of the cumulative working period for indeterminate appointment.

“We want to see the department’s evidence that workforce adjustment situations would arise if terms became indeterminate,” said Meunier-McKay, “and we will review it carefully before deciding our next steps.”

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