Apr 08, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
About two weeks before the yearly deadline for Canadians to submit their taxes, on April 14, more than 35,000 federal employees who evaluate and approve tax returns will be in a legal striking position.
The strike vote comes following more than a year of negotiations between the Canada Revenue Agency and workers represented by the Union of Taxation Employees within the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
In January, a mediator who had been brought in to assist with the negotiations last fall reported that the two parties had reached a deadlock.
The PSAC claims that it will withhold the strike vote results for “strategic reasons,” but that doing so places its members in a legitimate striking position as of Friday.
But, four days of negotiations with the CRA are slated to begin on April 17.
The CRA stated in a statement Friday that while respecting the employees’ right to strike, the agency’s top objective is to come to an agreement with the union.
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