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Some 25 people gathered in Ottawa on Monday morning to demonstrate.

Radio-Canada

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Some 25 people gathered in Ottawa, Monday morning. They are among nearly 500 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Union of National Defense Employees (UNDE) who are going on strike over wages and safety. ;employment.

All work for the Non-Public Funds (NPF), a federal public service organization, and serve the military on the bases of Bagotville, Kingston, Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Ottawa, Petawawa and Valcartier.

Gathered in front of the offices of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, they demanded a fair and equitable employment contract.

These people provide essential support to military personnel and their families. However, many barely earn minimum wage and have to juggle two jobs to make ends meet, explained Chris Aylward, national president of the PSAC, in a press release a few days before the protests.

The union argues that employees of the Non-Public Funds, a federal agency, are paid much less than workers in similar jobs in the central federal public service, and that they have been without a contract since 2022.

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About 500 civilians who work for the Non-Public Funds (NPF) at military bases in Ontario and Quebec are walking off the job Monday.

Workers provide food, recreation, community and financial planning services to military and veterans.

These people provide essential support to military personnel and their families. Yet many barely earn minimum wage and must juggle two jobs to make ends meet, Mr. Aylward lamented in a statement.

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Other gatherings are also taking place in Kingston and Petawawa, in Ontario, as well as in Bagotville, Longue-Pointe, Saint-Jeanet Valcartier, in Quebec.

With information from The Canadian Press

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