The president of the largest public service union says she is outraged that performance bonuses were paid to executives involved with the problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system while her members struggled to receive their regular paycheques.

The deputy minister overseeing the federal government’s pay system said Wednesday that some lower-level Public Services and Procurement Canada executives received performance pay last year.

And Marie Lemay added that senior executives in her department could also be receiving bonuses following a review of what went wrong with the system.

“I’m appalled that they paid out any bonuses,” said Robyn Benson, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents about 90,000 federal workers. “When you call it a bonus, it’s a bonus. It’s additional monies and it is supposed to be a job well done, and if they are paying bonuses to PSPC, that is not a job well done.”

Benson told the Citizen’s editorial board Wednesday she had been assured by Lemay and the government that no bonuses would be paid.

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