OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Public sector regulators and technical experts
are speaking out about the important work they do protecting the health
and safety of everyday Canadians. The Public Service Alliance of
Canada is launching a series of videos today to highlight the important
jobs these workers do on behalf of Canadians.
More than 15,000 Canadians work in the federal public service as
accident inspectors, chemical decontamination technologists,
grain-handling regulators, ship and train safety inspectors, counter
terrorism specialists, fishery officers, nutritional researchers and
ammunition technicians, to name only a few.
"Their expert knowledge and skills keep our skies, seas, and environment
safe for all," says John Gordon, PSAC National President.
Environics polling results quoted as part of a primer highlighting the
importance of regulations released by the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives reveals 9 out of 10 Canadians want their government to do
more to protect the environment, health and safety.
The study also demonstrates an overwhelming majority of Canadians want
government workers, not the industries themselves, to enforce
"The Prime Minister needs to start listening to these Canadians and not
just a couple of friendly business executives and lobbyists," says John
Gordon. "Compliance with health and safety regulations needs to be
The E. coli contaminated water crisis at Walkerton and the listeria food
poisoning outbreak at Maple Leaf Foods are just a couple of examples
of the impact deregulation has had on Canadian lives.
"There is a real possibility that these services will be jeopardized as
the government prepares to table a budget with millions in cuts to
federal departments, without a plan on how to deal with this short
fall," concluded Gordon.
The PSAC serves notice to bargain for Technical Service workers with
Treasury Board today.
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