VANCOUVER, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The BCGEU will be looking for the
Liberal government to present a budget next Tuesday that invests in
public services after a decade of cuts that have left many branches of
government unable to deliver important public services to British
"Almost every day we hear stories of important public services that are
in crisis. Our seniors are being neglected, developmentally disabled
adults and their families have been ignored, our courts and prisons are
buckling under backlogs and overcrowding, and our parks system is
chronically underfunded. The cutting has to stop," says Darryl Walker
president of the BCGEU.
"The budget must also allow for a fair and reasonable contract with
public service workers," says Walker. "Our members did their part to
help the province deal with the economic crisis that began in 2007. Our
members have had their wages frozen since April 2009. Inflation has
eroded the spending power of our members' paycheques by 5 percent at
the same time private sector wages have been increasing. "
In a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and
Government Services the BCGEU called on the government to adopt new
revenue options to fund important services and address the growing wage
gap in the province. "We have presented to the government concrete
proposals that would find savings and increased revenues of almost $350
million annually," says Walker. "The government needs to stop the
cutting and seriously consider these proposals."
An austerity budget will reverse our economic recovery, further reduce
important public services that people rely on, and drive up B.C.'s
unemployment rate which is already the highest in western Canada.
"The federal government and other provinces have extended the timeline
to balance their budgets. British Columbia should do the same," Walker
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Evan Stewart, BCGEU Communications (604) 220-3095.