"These people had a collective agreement in place that was ignored. They weren’t provided with proper notice. They weren't even able to remove all of their personal effects from the workplace." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
There are fears that the federal government's Social Finance Fund will be used to subsidize privatization schemes like Social Impact Bonds. This letter from NUPGE President Larry Brown to Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development asks the Minister to respond to comments that appear to originate with federal officials in recent media reports on the Social Finance Fund.
Unless the Minister completely rejects the idea that the Social Finance Fund will be used to "bring private funding, incentives and discipline into social services," past experience shows we need to assume that it will be used to subsidize the privatization of social services.
Both Serco and G4S operate privatized services in Canada where wrong doing could have very serious consequences.
“Look at how many complaints he fielded about Ford’s disastrous cuts and privatizations in autism services and special education services. Families are hurting and they’re desperate to be heard.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
“Against expert advice and any sort of fiscal common sense, Jason Kenney has cancelled the modern medical lab project that would have ensured Albertans have access to the testing that they need.” — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President
One of the more disturbing findings of the Auditor General’s report is that even when it was clear that privatization was more expensive the government still privatized highway maintenance work.
“Selling controlled substances is a dangerous business,” said Thomas. “It’s why the government should focus its efforts and invest in properly-trained security." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A report from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy found that privatization of prison food services led to an increase in inmate theft, trafficking, and gang activity.
"Ontario spends far less per person on public services than any other province and that is partly because individuals and businesses in Ontario pay less income and corporate tax." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President