"Public registries provide approximately $150 million in revenue every year. We are pleased that government has done the math and realized that privatization is not the best way forward.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
Halifax (18 April 2016) — Jason MacLean, acting President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is giving credit to the Nova Scotia government for its decision to keep land, motor vehicle and business registries public.
Reversal of privatization plans good news for Nova Scotians
“We are extremely pleased that government has ultimately taken the same position we have maintained: that these important services should remain where they belong, in the capable hands of our members and the public sector,” says MacLean.
NSGEU/NUPGE members have been justifiably concerned about the future of the registries since government began considering privatization last fall. When governments choose to privatize a public service, they are handing over responsibility for quality public services to private corporations, who are accountable first and foremost to their shareholders.
Revenue from registries supports critical public services
“Our public registries also provide approximately $150 million to the province in revenue every year,” says MacLean, “We are very pleased that government has done the math and realized that privatization is not the best way forward for Nova Scotians.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE