Treasury Board president Tony Clement has further turned up the pressure on federal unions by saying he wants to reach a deal on a new sick-leave regime before the election.
In an interview, Clement said he is open to further negotiations with the 18 federal unions on his contentious plan to revamp sick leave and disability management, but wants agreement by this fall. Federal election day is Oct. 19.
He didn’t clarify how long he was willing to continue those negotiations in the run-up to polling day. Whether negotiations fail, hit an impasse or proceed too slowly for his liking, the government is giving itself the power to impose the terms and conditions of a new sick-leave regime whenever it wants.