TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario government will issue
another 231 layoff notices as the province continues to eliminate
positions across government services. These layoffs will further erode
support to front-line services and increase workloads and public
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union, says that Dalton McGuinty is eliminating jobs in a way
that will prevent public backlash until it's too late.
"We call these job eliminations 'stealth cuts'," Thomas said.
"Ministries are eliminating some front-line service positions and many
more jobs that support front-line services. The net effect is that
services will suffer, workloads for remaining staff will increase and
wait times for services will steadily grow longer. But because this
will happen slowly, by the time the public complains it will be too
In the latest wave of layoffs, Thomas points directly to the Ministry of
Transportation and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, two areas
that will feel the brunt of the service cuts as clerk and IT positions
"Our members have already raised the alarm that the layoffs will
increase wait times for claims processing in Health, and could affect
road safety for large truck carriers if there are delays in identifying
unauthorized drivers and issuing permits for oversize loads," said
Thomas. "These are the kinds of vital services that operate in the
background every day. Every one of these job cuts will weaken frontline
public services, and will continue to do so until the system breaks."
Thomas is again calling on the Premier to stop cutting public services
at a time when Ontario can least afford it.
"The economy can't afford job cuts, and the people of Ontario can't
afford to lose any more services," Thomas said. "You can't build a
strong Ontario if you keep weakening the foundation. Stop the cuts
before it's too late."
For further information:
Don Ford, OPSEU Communications 416-443-8888