A day after the federal government announced they are looking to scrap the Phoenix pay system, federal employees based in Regina made their voices heard through a protest.
Regina Federal Union workers gathered in front of the Alvin Hamilton Building to protest the Phoenix Pay System, which has seen employees over paid, underpaid, or not paid at all.
Union spokesperson Michelle Lang describes what she wants the federal government to do going forward.
“I’d prefer my members get paid, and in that sense, it came out in the budget (Tuesday) that they were going to scrap Phoenix, well they need to high more pay advisors, put them in the offices to fix what’s going on because it’s going to take years to implement a new system.”
Lang says this has caused much stress to union members.
“It’s affecting their mental health,they’re being asked to pay back their gross instead of their net, so they’re being asked to pay back more than what they’re receiving,” Lang says. “They get a pay cheque, they get overpaid, and they have to put that money in the bank, they can’t touch it, and then no one knows the real number they owe back.”
The Phoenix pay system first went online in February of 2016, affecting more than 34 government departments and 120,000 employees, with initial complaints beginning in April of 2016.