CRA ‘confident’ a compromise is possible as tax season strike fears grow – National

As the tax deadline approaches, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says it will be transparent about the impact on services if workers go on strike.

At the same time, officials said they were “confident” that a compromise could be reached.

“CRA is committed to being transparent to the Canadian public when service impacts occur,” the agency said. in a statement released on Friday.

The 2022 income tax and benefit filing deadline is April 30.

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CRA workers voted to strike on Friday due to ongoing labor disputes over contracts and wages.

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The CRA said it will resume negotiations with the Canadian Public Service Alliance and the Taxable Employees Federation later this month to arrive at a new collective bargaining agreement that is fair for workers and reasonable for taxpayers.

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The final round of negotiations is scheduled to take place April 17-20, and CRA workers will be put on legal strike position from April 14.

“We are confident that in the upcoming negotiations both parties will find many areas of potential compromise and trade-offs through honest discussion and concessions,” the CRA said.

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More than 35,000 CRA workers have been out of contract for over a year, according to unions, and the government has yet to respond to their wage proposals.

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“With inflation soaring and wages remaining neutral, members are falling further behind,” Marc Briere, national president of the tax workers union, part of the PSAC, said in a statement on Friday. I was.

“We have been negotiating in good faith, but we have had enough of our members. Our bills continue to rise and our families are feeling the pinch. And now we are We’re going to show the government that workers won’t wait.”

Voting for the strike began on January 31st and ended on Friday.

— with files from Global News’ Eric Stober.

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