Paychecks sent to tens of thousands of public servants were wrong.

Paychecks sent to tens of thousands of public servants were wrong.
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Government overpaid civil servants almost $70 million

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The news about the Canadian government’s pay system chaos just gets worse. Not only has the government failed to pay some people for weeks, but CBC-Radio-Canada now reveals that it has overpaid others for a total of almost $70 million and only about one-third of that has been recovered.

Problems began when the government consolidated several payroll systems into one in February 2016. The new, Phoenix pay system made mistakes that resulted in tens of thousands of public servants being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

Public servants affected by pay problems held a rally outside the prime minister’s office on Oct. 31, 2016. The problems started in February 2016 and still have not been solved.
Public servants affected by pay problems held a rally outside the prime minister’s office on Oct. 31, 2016. The problems started in February 2016 and still have not been solved. © Ashley Burke/CBC News

One-third over overpayments recovered

Documents obtained by the public broadcaster show that more than 26,000 employees. Of those,  about half got less than $2,000. But at least 27 former or current workers got more than $50,000 each and one ex-researcher is reported to have received $662,777.

The government has asked anyone who thinks they were overpaid to contact a call centre. Some people told CBC they have repeatedly called to no avail. One call centre employee said there is a lack of training and “we don’t give our clients the right information.”

Tax time looming

People who want to return the money don’t know how much to return because there are pension deductions and union fees that must be taken into consideration. Some employees urgently want to settle the matter before they have to file their income taxes by the April 30th deadline.

The government estimates it will cost at least $40-50 million to fix the pay system.

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One comment on “Government overpaid civil servants almost $70 million
  1. Rejean Bergeron says:

    Good afternoon
    Every time I did contact the Phenix paid system and request to speak to a paid agent the only response is some want sent my request to a desk for some own to call me if necessary ? .
    The système own me over $50,000.00
    I retire as June 15, 2016
    They own me 3 yearso back paid from EG 07 level to EG 08
    My severance paid of departure which I request to be in RSP
    All my holiliday not be used to be paid in cash
    I also request that my T4 to be send to my home address again the person taking the call did not putting to much interest in my request
    This is a terrible way to end a carrière as a public servants shame on the minister and director who will receive their annual bonus