OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - On Thursday, Dec. 1, members of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) will greet Premier
Dalton McGuinty and Liberal supporters as they enter a $550-a-plate
fundraising event at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Location: Ottawa Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
OPSEU will unveil their "Resist Austerity" campaign, unfurling a 30-foot
banner in both French and English.
The expensive fundraiser gala is in stark contrast to what some public
service workers are facing on Friday, December 2; 231 public service
employees will be given the gift of layoff notices, just in time for
the holiday season.
This is the third major wave of layoff notices handed out this year,
totaling close to 650. By March 2014, the McGuinty government plans on
cutting a minimum of 5,000 public service jobs. Recent interviews with
Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance, suggest that cuts to various
ministries may be as high as 33 per cent.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union, says that it's not only about the loss of public
service jobs, but the reduction and elimination of services the
citizens of Ontario have come to rely on.
"The cuts to public services this year alone have had a major impact
throughout the Province of Ontario," Thomas said. "As a result of the
cuts, we have seen programs for adults with developmental disabilities
eliminated, the monitoring of local government delivery of social
assistance eliminated, the reduction of drinking water inspectors
reduced in four major sites, delays in the processing of court
documents and a reduction in support for road safety enforcement, to
name just a few examples."
"The economy can't afford job cuts, and the people of Ontario can't
afford to lose any more services," Thomas said. "The McGuinty
government can't build a strong Ontario if they keep weakening the
foundation. They need to stop the cuts before it's too late."
For further information:
David Lundy, Regional Vice-President, OPSEU (613) 213-1953