Employees at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Grain Commission are set to return to work today, May 1, ending a 12-day strike, after a tentative deal was reached overnight.
The deal includes a wage increase and a lump-sum pensionable payment. Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, who work for the Canada Revenue Agency are still on strike.
Wages were a key issue of the strike. PSAC was asking for a 13 per cent wage increase over three years. The tentative deal landed at 12.6 per cent covering the period from 2021 to 2024, once a one-time lump sum payment is factored in.
The other key sticking point was remote work. The tentative deal sets out a requirement that managers assess remote work requests individually, not by group, and provide written responses that will allow members and PSAC to “hold the employer accountable to equitable and fair decision-making on remote work.”