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June 19th, 2014
June 19th, 2014
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Federal Lawyers Face Cuts Again as DOJ Completes Its Legal Services Review

DOJ has told the AJC that the positions will be eliminated through attrition during the next three years,

Federal lawyers are again bearing the brunt of further cutbacks in the federal public service.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has concluded its Legal Services Review, an exercise that will translate into 65 LP positions and 15 management positions being cut over the next three years. Details of this review were officially announced to DOJ lawyers today (Thursday, June 19 2014).

DOJ has told the AJC and its members that it is confident these reductions will be done without immediate job cuts. We are told that the 65 LP positions will be eliminated through attrition during the next three years, with the majority of the eliminations starting in 2015-2016. Financially, the government is seeking to cut $52.2 million within the next 3 years with this review.

We are told that the majority of the reductions are expected to be accomplished through the redefining of DOJ's partnerships with its client departments, further organizational streamlining and the managing of business performance.  

The government is asking lawyers, who are already overworked, to produce more with less. In the last year, some 67 AJC members at the Department of Justice alone have seen their position cut.  Our members are tired.

Let's not forget that the announcement for this review happens to fall on National Public Service Week.

This is a reflection of what many federal employees are going through. People have seen successive rounds of cuts (over 19,000 federal jobs have been eliminated). And if you combine this with this government's attitude towards its own workforce, morale in the public service has understandably reached an all-time low.

The AJC will remain vigilant in assuring that all of its members are treated fairly during this process and are properly supported.  We will continue to meet with management to follow this review and will continue advocating on behalf of you, our AJC members.

Canadians need to know about the valuable work that you do.  

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