April 19, 4:00 a.m. update:
Picket lines are up across the country as more than 155,000 Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members working for the Treasury Board and Canada Revenue Agency begin strike action.
The Union representing the federal employees announced the strike at 7:15 PM MDT after failing to reach a mediated agreement with the Government of Canada. Nearly one-third of the nation’s federal workers have walked off the job.
Earlier this week the Government warned some services may be disrupted if PSAC members take job action. They said Canadians can expect tax returns to be delayed, along with some other federal payments.
The Feds also said there would be no extensions to the May 1st deadline to file personal income taxes.
Effective midnight, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada representing over 150,000 federal employees will be on strike. The Union announced the strike at a press conference at 7:15 PM MDT.
The union represents employees at Canada Revenue Agency and the Treasury Board.
Earlier this week the Government of Canada announced that they do not intend to extend tax filing deadlines regardless of a strike by CRA employees.
More to come.