Workers and reps call for government accountability delivering promised funding.
“The report says that capacity and training ‘are areas requiring attention.' Well, duh! The front-line staff have been saying that since November, and it would not have cost the government $300,000 to listen to them.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
“We have poured millions of taxpayers’ dollars into a system that is creating real hardship for people who depend on social assistance. At a certain point, we should cut our losses and move on.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“I’m a fairly new employee and I had no idea what unions did for people. It was through conversations with co-workers that I heard so many positive things about the BCGEU/NUPGE.” — Jessica Keras, Salvation Army Centre of Hope worker, BCGEU/NUPGE member.
“We are very disappointed in the government’s decision and failure to address the very pressing staffing problems in other ministry program areas." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
The breakdown of the SAMS computer program has had a heavy toll on the thousands of disadvantaged people who rely on social assistance.
"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.
"Public services must be there when Nova Scotians need them. This is a time to support the most vulnerable Nova Scotians, not pull support away.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Video shows how B.C.’s child and family welfare system is falling apart, putting vulnerable children, youth and families at risk.