"Grey County has just shown us that we can fight for our public services and win.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Those pushing social impact bonds are taking the same approach as those profiting from P3 privatization schemes – focus on the new service being provided and hope it distracts people from the problems with the way it’s being funded.
“It’s infuriating for our members to see this government waste billions of dollars on fiscal mismanagement while skimping on finding appropriate funding for public services and programs and the workers who deliver them.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“It looks like this government is putting corporate interests ahead of public safety. But there’s still time to fix it, and OPSEU/NUPGE members will keep up the fight to hold them accountable.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It kind of shows you the state of where our provincial government’s priorities are at when they’re more interested in supporting a for-profit weed farm than investing in the future of our forests.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The secrecy that accompanies privatization schemes also makes it a lot harder to figure out when there are serious problems.
"These consultants are paid to do one job, and part of that job is toeing the government line.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The B.C. government has committed to work collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the repeal of these bills. The BCGEU/NUPGE and HSABC/NUPGE look forward to engaging in this process to support, and significantly improve conditions for workers affected by these changes.
“It’s part of their strategy: say the sky is falling to justify a hidden agenda of deep public sector cuts and privatization. Well Minister, we aren’t going to sit by and wait for the fallout. We’re ready to fight.” —Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"I want to thank Brother Aylward for speaking with us today. We stand in solidarity and appreciate the work you and your members are doing for the betterment of all workers." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President