Government commits to 'move away from Phoenix' and build new pay system

By Canadian Press
February 27, 2018 - 3:06pm

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals say the flawed Phoenix pay system is destined for the ash heap  and the government will spend $16 million over the next two years looking for a replacement that can rise in its place.

The commitment to begin development of a new pay system is included in Finance Minister Bill Morneau's latest budget and comes just one day before angry civil servants were set to protest the second anniversary of the launch of the problem-plagued system.

Starting in April, the government will begin efforts ``on a way forward on a new pay system'' in consultation with technology providers, pay system experts and public service unions.

In the meantime, the budget provides a sobering estimate of just how long it will take _ and how expensive it will be _ to deal with problems created by the current pay system.

The budget sets aside an additional $431.4 million over six years to fix existing pay problems for more than 300,000 workers.

Since its launch in February 2016, tens of thousands of federal employees have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

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