Unions brace for layoffs in federal public sector

Conservatives unveil plan to eliminate 19,200 federal civil service jobs in 2012 budget
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

Layoff notices started going out in the federal public service sector last week as part of the federal government’s plan to eliminate 19,200 jobs.

Although the number is lower than expected, eliminating that many jobs will be a long and frustrating process, according to John Gordon, president of the Public Sector Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

“We can’t get any detail,” he says. “We don’t know which programs or which departments they’re coming from yet.”