We argued the decision was incorrect and the Department backed down
Decisions can be challenged
A CPSU member was denied compassionate leave to attend to her dying father because he did not ‘contract or develop’ a life threatening illness as specified in her agreement. Her father had the cancer for a number of years and so his final illness was not deemed unexpected.
The CPSU wrote to the Department advising that this decision was heartless and not a correct interpretation of the agreement. We argued that even anticipated serious illnesses were covered under the clause. The Department backed down and converted the member's leave from personal leave to compassionate leave.