The employer believes that there is no evidence to predict wage increases for the SV group that exceed the cumulative increases that employees in the 17 CPA groups and 17 federal agency groups receive on a four-year contract. There is no reason to support the significantly higher economic increases envisaged by PSAC, in addition to market adjustments of between 9% and 39%. In order to align the agreement signed by the parties in April 2018 on MOS, the employer proposes to remove itD and SD from the definition of compensation of the GL group (Annex B) and to add a definition of remuneration for the GS (Annex C) and HS (Annex E) groups, indicating that the salary is defined as the base salary in Schedule A of each corresponding schedule. Given the magnitude of the bargaining officer`s outstanding proposals, the employer requests that the PSAC consider a limited number of proposals that take into account the current collective bargaining landscape and the recent results of negotiations with other federal public service officials. The large number of proposals makes it difficult for the parties to focus their work on key priorities; a smaller number of proposals should significantly improve the likelihood of implementation. The employer respectfully proposes to the Commission to give direction in this regard and to order the parties to return to negotiations with a reduced number of proposals before the Commission`s report is published. For example, the Ontario government has introduced legislation imposing a maximum of 1% for annual increases in compensation under collective agreements for a period of three years. The Province of Alberta has put in place wage restraint provisions limiting the increase in executive base salary from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019. Alberta`s Minister of Finance also announced that he will also seek pay withdrawals of 2 to 5% in arbitrations with the vast majority of public sector employees. Manitoba introduced a Sustainability Act, which came into force in March 2017 and limits wage increases to 0% for the first two years, 0.75% in the third year and 1% in the fourth year.
Finally, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced four years of wage stoppages from 2016-17 to 2019-20, and the Nova Scotia government imposed annual wage increases of 0.75% between 2015 and 2018/19. The Government of Canada engages in good faith negotiations and has a history of productive negotiations that respect its dedicated workforce.