Hon. George C. Nowlan (Minister of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, in further reference to the motion I have just made I should like to make a brief statement. After careful consideration the government has approved the recommendations of the treasury board that salary revisions be implemented at once for the employees comprising the second, third and fourth groups in the cyclical salary review program, and that wage adjustments for prevailing rate employees, consideration of which has been deferred for some months, be also put into effect as soon as the paying authorities can make the necessary arrangements.
In accordance with the principles underlying the cyclical salary review policy, the revisions will be effective from the dates as of which the pay research bureau collected the data on which they are based, that is to say:
(a) In the case of the clerical, administrative, accounting and professional support group, October 1, 1961;
(b) in the case of the hospital group, January 1, 1962;
(c) in the case of the penitentiary and police group, April 1, 1962. The prevailing rate wage adjustments will be effective from the dates recommended by the Department of Labour in each case.
Provision has not been made for the increased expenditure involved in the government's decision in the fiscal year 1962-63 in the estimates which have been tabled in the House of Commons and, consequently, a supplementary estimate in the amount of $30 million to augment the general salaries vote,
from which funds will be allotted to departmental votes, has just been tabled. Some 60,000 employees will be receiving increases as a result of action on the three cyclical groups. The number of prevailing rate employees who will receive wage adjustments cannot readily be calculated accurately, but it is estimated at between 5,000 and 6,000.
Consistently with the cyclical salary review policy, statistics are presently being collected by the pay research bureau on which revisions for the fifth group in the cycle will be based. This group embraces the postal, customs and immigration classes, the crafts, building custodial and maintenance classes, and a large number of other classes which were not included in the first four groups. When the civil service commission has considered the data bearing on this fifth group, it will make recommendations for revisions to the government to be effective as of October 1, 1962.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF SALARY REVISIONS