Ottawa to launch 'pay experiments' as next step to replace Phoenix pay system
Senior government officials Marie Lemay, right to left, Alfred Tsang and Ryan Pilgrim hold a technical briefing on the Phoenix pay system at the National Press Theatre, in Ottawa in an October 5, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:33AM EDT
OTTAWA - The minister responsible for replacing the federal government's disastrous civil-service pay system says Phoenix will likely be running for several years while a series of pay "experiments" are tested alongside it.
Treasury Board President Joyce Murray is to announce today the next phase in creating a new human-resources and pay system for the government's roughly 300,000 employees.
For several months, the government has been working with pay-system suppliers to see which one could replace Phoenix, which has improperly paid more than half of all federal workers by depositing too much money in their bank accounts, short-changing them or in some cases not paying them at all for long periods.
Murray is expected to outline how the government plans to move to the next phase in developing a new system.
While the government has slowly whittled down the number of pay errors it's been dealing with, the government pay centre was still dealing with a backlog of pay cases totalling 239,000 at the end of last month.
The previous Conservative government projected the Phoenix system would save taxpayers $70 million annually, but the cost of stabilizing it -- and searching for a replacement system -- is now estimated to have surpassed $1.1 billion.