"If this government thinks they can slide this attempt at privatization through the back door quickly and easily, I can assure them that they are sadly mistaken." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“To put this in perspective, the amount of money spent on crisis communications advice and legal support for public sector negotiations thus far could have been used to fully restore the X-ray services at the hospital in Bonavista." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“This entire situation is a glimpse into one of the major pitfalls of privatization of public services — a lack of transparency and accountability." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Our members at Browning Harvey create top quality products that are manufactured right here in Newfoundland and Labrador and enjoyed by thousands across the province." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Accidents, injuries, and life threatening situations don’t run on banker’s hours. What this government is saying is that the people of this entire region deserve second rate health care." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
High-priced lawyers hired to privatize public service played lead role in two of the province’s longest strikes at Voisey’s Bay and St. John’s Airport.
“The impact of these austerity measures will be felt far and wide — from the young to our elderly and most vulnerable. The public sector cuts, layoffs and closures are hitting our rural communities the hardest. Is this the stronger tomorrow we were promised?” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We have concerns that eliminating jobs in the public sector will have an impact on the vital public services that the people of this province depend on every day. You simply can’t do more, with less." Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Privatization has meant higher costs and tuition fees in Newfoundland and Labador, at the same time the number of students dropped. The only winners are the private colleges that got contracts.
When you do business with public bodies and with public funds, you have an obligation to be transparent. These corporations obviously see it a different way and want to put their business interests ahead of the public’s right to know.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President