Workers with the Canada Revenue Agency will be voting until early April on whether or not to take strike action.
After being without a contract for over a year, and the last one took more than four years to compile, the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) wants movement and answers sooner than later.
National President for the Union of Taxation Employees, Marc Brière, spoke to Acadia News about the current issues.
He said that talks have “not gone well at all,” and it’s been over a year with no progress.
Brière relayed that his members are looking for wage increases (especially with the increase in inflation), and he also wants to talk about telework and remote work since 90 per cent of workers are “at home and the job is getting done”.
He’s also looking to address the hours of work at the office and to modify and/or scrap provisions that are now outdated The UTE President is also concerned and wants to address public jobs being contracted out to the private sector.
Strike voting will conclude by April 7th, when it is voted upon UTE would be in a legal strike position.
If the CRA does strike, it would affect Canadians who call looking for information about filing their tax returns, but it would not affect mandated work like processing GST credits, New Housing Benefits, and Child Care Benefits.