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Information picket protests slow contract negotiations

protest-with-Wynne-puppetOntario Public Service workers held an information picket Friday over the lunch hour in protest of slow contract negotiations. The current collective agreement expired Dec. 31, 2014.

Workers in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, were at Service Ontario in Picton.

“Government negotiators at the bargaining table appear they would rather push the OPS into a strike than negotiate a fair deal with their employees,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “Yet this same government seems to have no problems with wasting billions of dollars on failed privatization schemes.”

Thomas said the union has repeatedly told Premier Kathleen Wynne that his members can provide these services better and cheaper than the private sector, which he said, has been affirmed by the Ontario’s Auditor General report.

“Investing tax dollars directly into public services and public sector jobs will actually save the taxpayers money,” Thomas said. “If the government spent even a fraction of the money on public services and public service workers that is now wasted on private contractors, we would have better, more reliable and more accountable services for everyone.”

OPSEU represents frontline ministry employees who work directly for the Ontario government.

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  1. Emily says:

    I here you, but when the public feels they are paying a fair wage with benefits in comparison to many you are not likely to get a lot of sympathy.

  2. Earl says:

    Interesting that no one comments on the plight of the public employees who work very hard to provide a service to the members of their community. The Home Care nurses
    fall under the same sector. They provide a vital service
    in our community but are not deemed to be valued in the same way that CP Rail employees are. In their case the
    the economy could suffer, that would never do. No problem
    though for the sick and the needy: they can suffer and cope on their own as Government does not care about those
    issues when it come to priorities

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