OPSEU unveils "Resist Austerity" campaign at Liberal $550-a-plate fundraiser

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.

Date:    Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time:   4 p.m.

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


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