With the enactment of new provisions in the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) acquired a new responsibility: carrying out compensation analysis and research.
The PSLRB is now mandated to provide impartial, accurate and timely information on comparative rates of pay, employee earnings, conditions of employment, and benefits in the public and private sectors.
This compensation information, obtained through market-based surveys, will be available to the employers and bargaining agents that participate in the collective bargaining process in the federal public service as well as to other interested parties. It will also assist arbitration boards and public interest commissions in making recommendations for settlement.
Compensation is a key issue for both employers and employees at the bargaining table. Negotiations can proceed more smoothly when both parties have equal access to accurate and comprehensive compensation information provided by a neutral and authoritative third party. When parties begin negotiations by agreeing to use the PSLRB’s compensation survey data as a reference point, they can focus their time and effort more efficiently on negotiating other matters.
The Compensation Analysis and Research Services (CARS) team is dedicated to serving as a trustworthy source of information on compensation-related matters by all the parties involved in collective bargaining in the federal public service. The team is committed to ongoing consultations with its clients to ensure the relevance of its services.