Officials reveal plans for rallies in New Glasgow and Antigonish
HALIFAX, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
and Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) officials blasted the
government this week for the plan to spend over $100 million dollars
outsourcing work in Western Canada and challenged Minister MacKay to
confirm whether or not the same wasteful outsourcing will occur in
"The budget was supposedly about saving money. How can you save money
when you cut jobs and then turn around and spend $100 million to hire
private companies to do the same work? We were told that the employees
being laid off would not be replaced," said John MacLennan, UNDE
National President. He also demanded that the Minister immediately
cease outsourcing plans across the country.
"In Western Canada outsourcing will cost $100 million. How much are they
planning on spending in Atlantic Canada? The evidence is clear. Cutting
jobs only to outsource the work will cost Canadians more," said
Regional Executive Vice-President Atlantic, Jeannie Baldwin. Since the
budget announcement, over 18,000 members of the Public Service Alliance
of Canada have been notified that their jobs are at risk.
The Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) has been committed since
April to making every effort to fight the cuts to jobs and services
announced in the federal budget. Today, the officials briefed reporters
on plans for rallies in New Glasgow and Antigonish tomorrow. These
events are part of the PSAC's National Day of Action that will bring
public sector workers and the public together to show how all Canadians
are affected by these cuts.
"Canadians have a right to know the true impact these cuts will have on
communities, so we're taking this to the Minister's community" said
MacLennan, who announced UNDE members from Quebec, the region hardest
hit by the DND cuts, will be joining members from across Canada at the
rally. "We're inviting people to a BBQ in Antigonish to meet some of
the affected workers - so that members of the community and the public
can hear about the jobs being lost."
The positions being cut are not back-office public service jobs. These
are core jobs that support the military in front offices. The cuts
announced in the budget affect public service employees in a wide range
of occupations at bases across Canada. They include plumbers,
electricians, labourers, comptrollers, communications specialists,
safety and fire inspectors, vehicle technicians, administrative
assistants and food service workers.
The Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) represents approximately
20,000 public and private sector workers at Department of National
Defence establishments and facilities across Canada. UNDE is a
component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
SOURCE: Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE)
For further information:
For more information: Ian Capstick, 613-863-7746