As you may have already heard in the news, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has sent a 100-day ultimatum to Premier Blaine Higgs to commit to bargaining in good faith with public sector workers. Without a clear commitment from the Progressive Conservative government to address the retention and recruitment crisis in the public sector, CUPE has committed to a strike vote for more than 22,000 workers starting on Labour Day. After a week of centralized bargaining with the government, we were disappointed that Blaine Higgs persisted in offering a ridiculous deal that had already been rejected by our members. Therefore, we have no choice but to launch the strike process with a strike vote to be held between September 7 and 11.
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For over a decade, successive provincial governments have imposed wage restraint mandates on public sector workers. Year after year, these workers have been asked to tighten their belts and to do more with less to avoid adding to the debt. This time, the government is asking these workers to accept a wage freeze for one year and meager 1% increases for the next three years. Public sector workers' purchasing power and ability to participate in the economy is shrinking as prices rise faster than their wages.
As a result, a serious recruitment and retention crisis threatens the public service.
In all sectors, it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain workers due to wages and working conditions that are no longer competitive with other provinces. With staffing levels steadily declining and workloads increasing, our public service is held together by the will of those who have the courage to stay.
It is time for the government to recognize the magnitude of the crisis facing the public sector and the vital services it provides to the public. The solution is simple, we must increase wages to restore competitiveness with other provinces.
To do this, we need to stop throwing our money at large corporations that refuse to pay their fair share of taxes to fund the public services that have made their fortunes and invest in our people. It's time to build an economy from the bottom up instead of waiting for the crumbs from the top down.
This government is pushing the public sector to its limits, so we must fight back before it's too late. We are fighting for the future of public services; we are fighting for the future of New Brunswick.
To learn more about the situation of public sector workers, you can read our latest edition of The Signal newspaper available at the following link: https://issuu.com/cupenbscfp/docs/the_signal
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