Union representing federal scientists looks to protect members' ability to communicate about their work

May 20, 2015

Canada's federal government is being pushed by public-service unions to include in collective agreements language that would ensure that researchers can speak openly about their work, publish their results without censorship, and better collaborate with their peers. A section of a new collective agreement proposed by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) would allow scientists to express themselves on scientific matters provided that they make it clear that they are expressing their own views and not speaking on behalf of the government. The clause responds to communications protocols that compel scientists employed by the government to defer to communications specialists when asked to share their expertise with the media. Globe and Mail