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November 7, 2014 |
We know that profit is what business is about. And to the Chamber, the public sector is an opportunity for growth and revenue. But at what cost to the people of Ontario?
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| September 23, 2014
July 16, 2014 |
The Conservative government wants to strip away sick leave rights and is thinking of contracting out the management of the sick leave system. No way!
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Wage increases for public workers: Time for a rethink

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Warren (Smokey) Thomas gets angry when he hears the newly elected majority Liberal Ontario government being described as progressive. 

The President of OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union) wants everyone to know there are no provisions in the proposed Liberal budget for increases in public service salaries over the next four years. This comes after salary freezes have been in effect for the last three years.

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| February 17, 2014
| August 22, 2013

'Whatever business wants': Harper government continues attack on workers

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Some believe the Public Service Alliance of Canada's "Stephen Harper Hates Me" campaign slogan is over the top. But it may actually be too limited in scope. Harper's bunch hasn't just targeted those employed in the public service, but every Canadian whose pay and work conditions interferes with the corporate world's drive for ever more profit.

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Fiscal 'crisis' in context: Two indicators

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With all the predictions of doom and gloom coming from the austerity camp, one would think that Canada was already about to hit the famed (but never seen) "debt wall." Before we get too carried away, however, with the scary debt stuff, consider these two indicators of the fundamental fiscal fragility/stability of Canadian governments.

Unpacking the myth that public sector workers are overpaid

Toronto rally, September 2011. Austerity is the order of the day at all levels of government. (Photo: postbear / flickr)

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Do public sector employees make too much money? The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) thinks so. Their study from late 2008, entitled 'Wage Watch,' claims that public sector workers are overpaid by a whopping 24.9 per cent.

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