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CBSA Employees Protest for Better Work Conditions

Cherie Mclaughlin

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CBSA Employees Protest for Better Work Conditions

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) are in ongoing negotiations with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Treasury Board, advocating for improved work conditions for CBSA employees. These employees have been working without a contract for over two years, and tensions are rising as the deadline for an agreement approaches.

If a fair contract is not reached by June 14, over 9,000 CBSA members are prepared to initiate job action. This move could lead to significant disruptions at Canada’s borders, impacting travel and trade. Despite the potential for widespread disruption, it is important to note that 90% of frontline Border Services officers are considered essential workers and will continue their duties uninterrupted.

The key demands from PSAC and CIU include equitable retirement benefits, fair wages, enhanced workplace protections, and flexible work options. These demands reflect the unions’ commitment to securing a more just and supportive work environment for CBSA employees, who play a crucial role in maintaining the security and efficiency of Canada’s borders.

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Negotiations have been ongoing, but the lack of progress has led to increased frustration among CBSA staff. The unions argue that the employees deserve fair compensation and better working conditions, especially given the critical nature of their work and the challenges they face daily.

The potential job action underscores the urgent need for the government to address these concerns and reach a fair agreement. The disruptions at border crossings could affect a wide range of activities, from the movement of goods and services to the daily commute of cross-border workers.

As the June 14 deadline looms, all parties involved are under pressure to find a resolution. The outcome of these negotiations will not only impact CBSA employees but also have broader implications for border operations and Canada’s economy.

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For the latest updates on the negotiations and potential impacts on border services, stay tuned to official announcements from PSAC, CIU, and CBSA.

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