"You have been Phoenixed" a term that has been heard and known to the Federal Government workers in and around the Valley for far to long now.   

What this term is referring to is the Phoenix Pay System that was implemented by the government, and is used to pay federal government employees, not paying their employee' properly, or just not paying them at all.

"The Auditor General will be releasing his second report on May 29, and it will deal with the launch of this and we believe that it is going to show that it was just launched too early, that it was nowhere close to being ready and they just went ahead with it," explained Battle River-Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorensen.

Sorensen admits that it was the Conservative Government who brought this change to the table, but he adds when the Liberal Government took over, they were advised that the Phoenix Pay System was not ready to be launched. 

"We have been trying to work our way through this thing, and some of them have been solved and caught up, but the real big problem is when there is overtime: people will work the overtime and not get paid overtime and then they will get it all at one time; they are afraid that the taxes are going to chunk it all up; it is a real frustration," said Sorensen.

Sorensen also explained that part of the problem is that the system has to accomodate such a large number of different departments with so many different agreements. The government has allocated millions of dollars into working through the problems with the Phoenix Pay System, but is also looking into a new system that would be better equipped to deal with such a large number of different agreements.

"We are busy in our office because of it, and that is good, we have very good people in our office that are helping many of the ones that are having these problems;. We are seeing some results but there is nothing like getting the main problem resolved and that is this Phoenix Pay System," admitted Sorensen.

If you are employed by the Federal Government and are having problems with your pay, Sorensen is encouraging people to give his office a call so that they can get that rectified for you as fast as possible. You can find the contact information on his website.

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