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Ottawa to launch ‘pay experiments’ as subsequent step to switch Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The minister liable for changing the federal authorities’s disastrous civil-service pay system says Phoenix will seemingly be working for a number of years whereas a sequence of pay “experiments” are examined alongside it.

Treasury Board President Joyce Murray is to announce right this moment the following part in creating a brand new human-resources and pay system for the federal government’s roughly 300,000 workers.

For a number of months, the federal government has been working with pay-system suppliers to see which one might change Phoenix, which has improperly paid greater than half of all federal staff by depositing an excessive amount of cash of their financial institution accounts, short-changing them or in some instances not paying them in any respect for lengthy intervals.

Murray is predicted to stipulate how the federal government plans to maneuver to the following part in growing a brand new system.

Whereas the federal government has slowly whittled down the variety of pay errors it has been coping with, the federal government pay centre was nonetheless coping with a backlog of pay instances totalling 239,000 on the finish of final month.

The earlier Conservative authorities projected the Phoenix system would save taxpayers $70 million yearly, however the price of stabilizing it — and looking for a alternative system — is now estimated to have surpassed $1.1 billion.

Contracting a number of potential suppliers to check their wares specifically departments is a greater manner of making a brand new system than hiring only one provider, Murray mentioned Tuesday as she left a cupboard assembly.

“From my perspective that’s the right way forward because we’ll be figuring out the challenges before we’re going live with a new system,” she mentioned.

“And we may have to have the old system in parallel with the new pay experiments as we go forward.”

The federal government is predicted to keep away from saying a agency deadline or full value projection for its new pay system.

“We’re going to focus on the project as being the priority,” mentioned Murray. “But the budgets and timelines are not the driver.”

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