NPF Committee Chair Support – DEFEATED

18.7.2 NPF COMMITTEE CHAIR SUPPORT – DEFEATED

WHEREAS, the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) now has an active committee structure, and

WHEREAS these committees give significant support to the work of the NPF, and

WHEREAS committee reports are being considered at the NPF Convention in one form or another,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that National Pensioners Federation (NPF) Committee chairs who are giving committee reports attend the NPF Convention at NPF expense.

Submitted by COSCO of B C

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Membership Fee – DEFEATED

18 .7.1 MEMBERSHIP FEE – DEFEATED

WHEREAS members look to the NPF to advocate with governments and other organizations and agencies for changes to laws, regulations, policies and practices affecting the wellbeing of members, and

WHEREAS societies affiliated with the NPF should, to be fair, pay NPF affiliation fees commensurate with the size of such societies, to support the NPF’s advocacy efforts,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NPF annual membership fee for an affiliated society be calculated by multiplying a fixed sum by the number of members in the society, and that the initial fixed sum be 10 cents per member.

Submitted by British Columbia Retired Teachers’ Association

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Match OAS to Minimum Wage Increases DEFEATED

18.3.7 MATCH OAS TO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES WHEREAS the Ontario Government and other Provincial Governments have increased the minimum wage by approximately 20%, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The National Pensioners Federation bring to the attention of the Federal Government that the increase to the Old Age Pension should at least match the percentage increase made to the minimum wage.

Submitted By: Club #1269 – Parry Sound Seniors, Parry Sound

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Phoenix System for Government Employees

18.3.6 PHOENIX SYSTEM FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

WHEREAS the Phoenix payroll system is costing tax payers a lot of money,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal Government to shut down the Phoenix Payroll system, and let accounts handle the government payroll.

Submitted By: Club #1341 – Douro Township Seniors, Peterborough

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Phoenix Payroll System

18.3.5 PHOENIX PAYROLL SYSTEM

WHEREAS it is a basic right of every worker in Canada to be paid all wages due them on the date due, and

WHEREAS the Federal Government of Canada is failing to do so because of the Phoenix Pay System, and

WHEREAS the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) continues to wage battles on behalf of its members pressuring the Federal Government to adopt a payroll system which properly pays workers all wages due on time,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) work with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) the Canadian Labour Congress and Federations of Labour in their demands and actions to get fairness and respect for Federal Government workers who have suffered negative impacts of the Phoenix pay system.

Submitted by B C Forum (B C Federation of Retired Union Members)

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Tax Avoidance Thru Tax Havens

18.3.4 TAX AVOIDANCE THRU TAX HAVENS

WHEREAS the Canadian Government loses up to an estimated $15 billion a year thru tax avoidance facilitated by the use of legal tax havens, and

WHEREAS the 60 largest public companies on the TSE have over 1,000 identifiable subsidiaries or related companies in places known to be onshore and offshore tax havens, and

WHEREAS Canadian foreign direct investment in tax havens exceeds $250 billion, and

WHEREAS the Canadian Government has not effectively dealt with corporations using tax havens to shift profits and avoid taxes, and

WHEREAS the release of the Panama and Paradise papers has shown the sweeping role that banks and legal firms play in facilitating tax avoidance thru tax havens, and

WHEREAS the share of Federal Tax Revenue from corporations has dropped by over 30% since the 1970’s, and

WHEREAS the use of tax havens make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer, by shifting the tax burden to people and businesses that do not or cannot avoid taxes thru tax havens,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NPF urge the Canadian Government to stop tolerating and facilitating the use of tax havens to legally avoid taxes and to reverse the policies that make it legal to avoid taxes thru tax havens and to provide the resources required to enforce compliance.

Submitted by Unifor Local 200 Retired Workers Chapter

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Increasing Income Levels for Seniors

8.3.3 INCREASING INCOME LEVELS FOR SENIORS

WHEREAS the cost of living is continually increasing thereby increasing hardships on seniors, and

WHEREAS seniors are being forced to make difficult choices between food, medicine, necessities of life, important medical aids and medicine,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that National Pensioners Federation lobby the Federal Government to bring the income level of seniors up to at least the Poverty Line.

Submitted by Saskatchewan Seniors Association Incorporated

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Old Age Security (OAS)

18.3.2 OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS)

WHEREAS many seniors are living below the poverty line, and

WHEREAS the largest group of poor seniors is women who have reduced years in the workforce due to child rearing duties, and/or jobs that pay less than men, and thus have lower Canada Pension Plan (CPP) earnings, and

WHEREAS those in the lowest income group are receiving approximately $18,000 after the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up, and

WHEREAS, the cost of living has increased to a point where the GIS topup still does not raise seniors out of poverty,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to increase the Old Age Security to $2,000 a month.

Submitted By COSCO of B C

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Bill C 27 Income Security

18.3.1 BILL C 27 INCOME SECURITY

WHEREAS, before the 2015 federal election, Canadians were clearly promised in writing that Defined Benefit Plans, which have already been paid for by employees and pensioners, should not be retroactively changed into Target Benefit Plans, and

WHEREAS, Bill C-27, tabled by the Minister of Finance, precisely permits this change, thereby jeopardizing the retirement income security of Canadians who have negotiated Defined Benefit Plans as form of deferred wages,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-27, an Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act, 1985.


Submitted by COSCO of B C

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