OWEN SOUND – Workers in the Ontario Public Service, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, will rally at a Liberal event attended by MPP Ted McMeekin to protest the government’s bargaining position.
Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: The Butchard Estate, 919 5th Avenue East
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that at the same time that the Wynne Liberals are slashing funding for much-needed public services, they are wasting billions on private sector contracts and spending billions more on corporate tax cuts.
“After years of austerity, Premier Kathleen Wynne is demanding that the public service accept more wage freezes, cutbacks and concessions,” Thomas said. “Government negotiators at the bargaining table appear they would rather push the OPS into a strike than negotiate a fair deal with their employees.”
“Reports indicate that the Wynne government has either wasted or overspent more than $8.2 billion dollars on private contracts and corporations,” Thomas said. “Imagine what this province could do with that money. It’s proven that public sector workers can deliver services cheaper, better and fairer than the private sector. If Wynne really wants to save public money and deliver public quality services, halting privatization and outsourcing is the first place to start.”
“Our members will now go directly to the MPPs who were elected to best serve the people of Ontario, and demand that public dollars be used for public services,” Thomas said. “Our members play a vital role in this province, and they are the best option for delivering services. This government will actually save money by negotiating a fair contract.”
OPSEU represents all frontline Ministry employees who work directly for the Ontario government. The current collective agreement expired Dec. 31, 2014.
For more information: Deb Tungatt, Regional Vice-President: (289) 260-6156
Related: OPS Bargaining 2014 Index Page