Testing of prototypes to replace the federal government's troubled pay system will begin within weeks, but there is no firm deadline for when a new system will be fully launched, the minister in charge of finding a substitute for Phoenix said Wednesday.
As thousands of public servants continue to face Phoenix-related payroll headaches—something this government admits is unacceptable—a new survey shows that Canadians think a replacement system should be provided faster than is currently projected.
The Trudeau government will take "entirely different approach" to how its employees get paid, the federal Treasury Board Secretariat said Thursday, one day after angry civil servants protested the disastrous Phoenix pay system outside a federal Liberal retreat in British Columbia.
The pay "fiasco" affecting federal government employees was largely the result of a bureaucratic culture of avoiding responsibility that will require closer political oversight before launching similarly complex projects in the future, says a Senate study of the Phoenix pay system.
The problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system has already cost the government more than $1 billion and could require an additional $500 million a year until it is fixed, based on the government's latest estimate made public Friday.
The failed federal public service pay system was the result of a "government culture" that stands in the way of helping people, auditor general Michael Ferguson said Tuesday as he issued his latest report to Parliament.
The country's largest civil service union called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday to intervene in 'stalled' talks aimed at compensating federal government employees affected by the Phoenix pay system fiasco.