October 26, 2012
New Storage Model for the Management of CRA Records
The Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) is once again disappointed and angered at the Canada Revenue Agency’s announcement today concerning the above noted subject. In response to the Library and Archives Canada decision to suspend record storage operations for 70% of CRA records, the CRA has opted to privatize this operation by a request for proposal from private sector industry. Along with this decision, the CRA has also decided to no longer store taxpayer information at the CRA and is closing its 17 short term storage sites across Canada. In the opinion of the UTE, these moves will do nothing to safeguard and protect sensitive and confidential tax information belonging to taxpayers and corporations.
The UTE is also profoundly disappointed by the CRA’s decision which may potentially eliminate 267 permanent positions, the vast majority of which are occupied by our lowest paid members. We are also deeply concerned that this decision was made by the CRA without any consultation with the Union. Despite the CRA’s constant rhetoric that it is interested in fostering positive labour relations with the UTE and advocating consultation based initiatives such as the Union Management Approach (UMA), the UTE has seen little evidence in recent months of the Agency’s commitment to these initiatives.
The UTE is currently reviewing all of the information garnered today and is engaged in an analytic and strategic review of our response in this matter. In the interim, the UTE will ensure that affected employees’ rights will be protected under the Work Force Adjustment Appendix of our Collective Agreement.
Further information will be communicated as it becomes available.
National President UTE