OTTAWA – The union representing scientists and other professionals in the federal public service is abandoning its tradition of neutrality in elections to actively campaign against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) says delegates to its annual general meeting have agreed the union should be more politically active heading into next year’s federal election.
In particular, delegates have agreed that the union should energetically expose the damage they believe the Harper government has done to federal public services.
Members of the union have complained bitterly about what they claim is the muzzling of federal scientists and political interference with their work.
The union, which represents some 55,000 professionals in the public service, has traditionally chosen to stay at arm’s length from elections.
But union president Debi Daviau says the government’s war on labour unions and its cuts to public service jobs have forced a change in strategy.