Ontario public sector workers gather at Queen's Park to demand that the province negotiate a fair collective agreement.
“When people pay taxes, they want the money to go to public services, not to push up corporate profits or executive bonuses." — James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
"Ms. Jaczek ignored the sound advice she was offered by frontline staff months ago and chose instead to forge ahead with a new system that was not fit for operation." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"It’s reckless for the government to not reconsider its plans for privatization and the resulting loss of revenue considering the increasing local economic pressures on the province.” — Donna Christianson, Chair of SGEU's Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority bargaining unit.
"Too many tax dollars are being stuffed in the pockets of the private sector when the evidence shows that public service workers can achieve the same results cheaper and fairer.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
With local hydro privatization, in exchange for a one-time revenue boost, people will be stuck paying higher electricity prices. In both cases, average families will pay more so corporations can make higher profits.
“The added bonus is that new Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) stores are a great investment, generating substantial profits for Saskatchewan families each year. Any new liquor store will pay for itself, and then some." — Donna Christianson, SGEU Chair for SLGA bargaining unit.
“Provincial auditors general have already shown the flaws with P3 privatization schemes. Now one of the biggest supporters of P3s has released a report that raises serious questions about them, too." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Saskatchewan's Provincial Auditor finds extensive use of consultants in government. SGEU urges province to curtail their use.
“This report shows why NUPGE and its components are fighting for a Five-Point-Plan to protect public services,” said Clancy. “The requirements for openness and transparency in the Plan would make the kind of numbers games that added $8 billion to Ontario’s infrastructure costs impossible.”