Flying in the face of the Manitoba government's invitation to find ways to improve the province's fiscal situation, it now wants to talk only about how it can make cuts to the public sector. These cuts may include reduced worked weeks, predetermined wage settlements, changes to pensions and the re-opening of collective agreements.
“The elimination of 24-hour snow-clearing is just one part of the equation. What we are seeing and experiencing now is the result of years of cuts to the highways division of Transportation and Works." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"By not filling these vacant positions, it leaves our current members working short [staffed] and puts them at an increased risk of violence in the workplace." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU 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
“There’s a huge disconnect between what the people want and what the government does." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU 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
"The government has admitted — after documents were released under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act — that all options are on the table, including, specifically, privatization of public services." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“All that infrastructure will be built using public-private partnerships, which are essentially cash machines for construction companies, corporate lawyers, and Bay Street financiers.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President