NUPGE urges the Conservative government to establish a Fairness Test to assess the distributional impact of key tax and spending policies in budgets and determine whether they will reduce income inequality or make the problem worse.
Pensions and Retirement Security
World Economic Forum releases pessimistic report. The report sees severe income disparity and Climate Change as among top three greatest risks to world economy.
Top elected leaders from eight major Ontario unions will be in Sudbury Tuesday night to host a forum on income inequality in the province.
Sudbury (07 Jan. 2012) - Inequality is on the rise in Ontario. Wages are falling; profits are soaring. The poor are getting poorer, the middle class is shrinking and the top one per cent is getting a lot richer. The public services we all depend on are being slashed to pay for tax cuts for the richest corporations in the country.
So why is this happening? And what do we do about it?
"The real threat to our economy is the constant attack on the wages of Canadians, something being encouraged by the Harper government. When people have less income, they spend less, or they borrow more and they have less to save for retirement. None of these scenarios help build a stable economy," continued Clancy.
"People know that when economic injustice and inequality exist, our families and our communities suffer. Economic well being is a human right that must be protected." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Newfoundland Conservative government announces it will seek changes to public sector pensions.
“B.C. Liberal government has put vulnerable families last on its priority list." BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“Going forward, the SCA needs to clarify its vision for its employees and adopt a third-party mediation/arbitration process to ensure that the next round of bargaining is more effective.” - SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) taking striking Participation Lodge members message to the public in new radio ads now on seven different stations.
Members demonstrate demand for an equitable settlement by voting 89% in favour of strike action.