July 3, 2012
It's important to speak out about cuts to public services
PSAC believes that Canadians have a right to clear information from their government about what federal public services are being cut and how these cuts will affect them. And we're not alone. The Parliamentary Budget Officer has been trying to get the details from departments – so far with little success – so that Parliament can be properly informed.
Our union officers – members who hold union positions at the local, branch, regional or national level – have the right to speak out about the cuts because they speak on behalf of the union.
Every PSAC member has the right to freedom of expression and other civil and political rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, members also must balance these rights against their obligations under the Treasury Board Values and Ethics code and their respective organization's code if one exists.
All members have the right to speak publicly about the work they do while respecting the applicable values and ethics codes as well as the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals to whom they provide service.
All members have the right to tell their union about how the cuts are affecting the services they provide. We encourage you to help PSAC tell Canadians about how these services are being affected. The public needs to know before it's too late.
Contact your nearest local union representative, your Component office, or the PSAC regional office in your area if you have concerns or questions about your rights or if your management is attempting to restrict your rights.
Date Modified : 2012/07/03