NDP Backs Federal Workers Strike, Despite Higher Pay Than Private Sector Employees

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on April 19, 2023

Today 155,000 public sector workers went on strike, which is around ⅓ of the entire federal government’s workforce. According to Chris Aylward the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) this strike action is being undertaken because “Now more than ever, workers need fair wages, good working conditions and inclusive workplaces.”

It boggles the mind how federal government employees, in some of the most stable jobs in Canada could complain about their “working conditions” or how “inclusive” their incredibly woke-led workspaces are. Even their “fair wages” demand is complete nonsense as federal government employees in Canada are paid more than those in the private sector, working in the same positions.

Of course, the PSAC and their allies have claimed the federal government did not adequately engage in negotiations with workers. Many news reports and the PSAC don’t advertise the fact that during negotiations the PSAC demanded an exorbitant 13.5% wage increase over 4 years, and rejected a reasonable offer from the government for an 8.25% wage increase over 4 years. 

Canadian Revenue Agency workers part of the PSAC even demanded a 30% wage increase over 3 years, and the ability to perpetually work from home.

The PSAC rejected the federal government’s reasonable offer of an 8.25% wage increase over 4 years and then its counteroffer of a 9% wage increases over 3 years which the PSAC also rejected right before deciding to strike. 

The economically libertarian Fraser Institute put out a graphic explaining how better off federal employees are than those in the private sector.

Federal employees already make more than 8.5% more than their private sector counterparts while also having far cushier jobs, and rarely ever being laid off. 

Since all this is obvious nonsensical whining, federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and particularly dull NDP politicians like Alberta NDP MLA Janis Irwin and member of the NDP Socialist Caucus MP Niki Ashton immediately jumped on board (just to name a few).

Never put it past the NDP to back any insane demands the unions put out since the NDP relies so heavily on these corrupt unions which workers must involuntarily join in order to work in certain fields. 

And before some hack from the PSAC tries to claim “everyone” deserves to be paid more,” the answer is no. The only reason these bullying labour unions get their members paid more than private sector workers, is because they push weak politicians into getting taxpayers to unfairly subsidize public sector wages. Obviously, if everyone’s wages were as padded as public sector workers, inflation alone would kill off the gains and businesses would go under from increased wage costs and payroll taxes. 

This is where federal and provincial Conservative parties should push back hard on the anti-taxpayer stance of the NDP. The NDP are truly radicals. No matter how many concessions are made to public sector unions, the NDP will always back the higher and more unreasonable demands the unions put forward during wage negotiation and then pretend they are in the right to go on strike when demands are not met.

This is why the NDP has a Socialist Caucus. Eventually every NDP politician’s support for big government and trade-union power over the economy tips over into some form of socialism. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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