The National Joint Council (NJC) is pleased to announce that the consultations led by the NJC-Government Travel Committee (GTC) over the past two years have resulted in a new NJC Travel Directive. The NJC-GTC is composed of representatives from Federal Public Service bargaining agents, the employer and departments.

The new NJC Travel Directive contributes to the ongoing efforts to modernize and streamline all government travel policies and processes within the Federal Public Service. The new directive respects the professionalism of employees, ensures responsible management of public funds, and takes into account modern practices within the travel industry.

Trust, flexibility, respect, valuing people and transparency are the cornerstone values of the new directive. Emphasis is put on the importance of close consultation between employees and managers in planning and determining travel arrangements that best accommodate their respective needs.

EFFECTIVE DATE

The new NJC Travel Directive will only be effective on October 1st, 2002. The new directive is being made available at this time for information purposes only, so that everyone can get acquainted to its new structure and its new/modified travel provisions.

Between now and October 1, 2002, the existing Travel Directive (1993), as well as the short-term improvements introduced in July 2000, remain in force. Both will be replaced by the new directive when it becomes effective.

MAJOR CHANGES

The new directive is completely overhauled. It is user-friendly, simplified and easier to use and understand. Highlights of the major changes are regrouped as follows:

Structure of the new directive

As travel provisions vary according to travel situations, the new directive is presented in a way to accommodate this requirement. It is structured in Travel Modules under which can be found all pertinent travel provisions. The four Travel Modules are: