FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, July 14th, 2016 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is deeply concerned by complaints of federally employed students being underpaid or not paid at all. The federal government’s new computerized pay system is leaving students in dire financial difficulties.
“The current situation with students being underpaid or not paid at all is entirely unacceptable”, said Michael McDonald, Executive Director of CASA. “Anyone working for the federal government should be paid on time and accurately”.
The government’s inability to rectify the payroll problem is a cause for alarm to CASA. Students look to the federal government as an enticing, reliable, and fair workplace. As the country’s largest employer, it should not force them into a precarious financial situation.
The prolonged nature of the government’s inaction in mitigating the problem is of grave concern to students. The current flaws in the labour code compound these concerns as they pertain to interns in the workforce, a shortcoming government has yet to address.
“This government must lead by example in ensuring the civil service is a safe and stable work environment for students”, added McDonald.
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 21 student associations representing 250,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.
Amélie Gadient, Public Affairs Officer
Office: 613-236-3457 ext: 224