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Public service union to file labour board complaint over hybrid work plan
OTTAWA - The Public Service Alliance of Canada says it is filing a labour board complaint against the federal government.
I’ve heard speculation that this return to the office policy was a pressure tactic to force other concessions from the union during the ongoing pay negotiations. I’ve heard other speculation that union members brought a government-wide standard themselves as a result of employees under some organizations complaining that they were being asked to do more/different as compared to peers in other organizations.
Regardless of what drove the policy, the government is going to run into an office crunch if it demands more than two days from everyone. It has been realized how much money can be saved if the cost of a workspace footprint is shouldered by the workers themselves. A lot of office building leases have been cancelled or set to expire. Either the leases need to be re-established, employees told to stay home, or we get ready for the least productive days of the week to be those days people are in the office & milling about without space to do their jobs.
Will be interesting to watch and see where this goes.