Specific provisions for injury-on-duty leave (IODL) were negotiated to recognize the dangers of our work, now CSC wants to step back on this recognition.
The employer’s demand at the Global Agreement table is simple: putting Correctional Officers on Direct Pay as soon as possible, instead of leaving us on IODL. What does this mean exactly? It means that CXs will lose money, leave entitlements as well as suffer negative effects on their pension. As soon as CXs are placed on Direct Pay, they receive a lower percentage of their salary, instead of 100% on IODL.
When on Direct Pay, Correctional Officers no longer cumulate lieu time, sick leave, or annual leave.
Finally, while receiving only a percentage of their salary, CXs’ pension will be affected.
Every day, Correctional Officers put their physical and mental health at risk. The employer, with its demand on IODL, now wishes to turn a blind eye to the sacrifices we make. Respect is a term often used today by our employer. If they truly respect our work they will remove any demands on IODL.