PSAC members in the Atlantic region highlighted the 4th anniversary of the Phoenix pay system and earned unprecedented media coverage.
In Miramichi, members paid a respectful visit to the Member of Parliament for Miramichi – Grand Lake, Pat Finnigan. At the same time, approximately 75 members rallied at the main pay center in Miramichi. This demonstration was in no way directed at our PSAC/GSU members working at the Pay Center, to the contrary, this should have been seen as a show of support for the excellent work they are doing despite a system that is not working properly.
In Nova Scotia, members occupied the office of MP for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, Darren Fisher. Photos and videos are prohibited to be taken from inside the office therefore our spokesperson for the event, Chris Di Liberatore, left the office to speak with the reporters and was not allowed to re-enter the office.
In PEI, members occupied the office of the MP for Cardigan, Lawrence MacAulay. This is the second time they visit this respective MP to discuss the Phoenix pay system. After waiting for about five hours, they finally got the opportunity to speak with the MP.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, due to the weather, the MP office occupation was cancelled but that didn’t stop members in Corner Brook from visiting their MP for Long Range Mountains, Gudie Hutchings.
All these actions and media coverage were in addition to the newspaper ads we published in the Miramichi Leader and l’Acadie Nouvelle on February 28 and radio ads that aired from February 24-28.