Pallister Shows Disrespect for Frontline Workers With Single-minded Focus on Austerity: Lindsey

The Pallister government has once again showed its disrespect for frontline workers and their unions by refusing to work with them in good faith, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“While we’re happy the government has finally met with labour leaders – nearly eight months after being elected – today’s meeting with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen appears to be nothing but a smokescreen with a predetermined outcome,” Lindsey said. “Despite his earlier promises, the premier didn’t bother to attend the meeting. It’s clear he’s not interested in listening to the concerns of frontline workers and doesn’t want their input into government policy. It’s also clear he’s setting the stage for tearing up contracts, freezing wages and cutting services.”

Response to the Pallister Government's Second Quarter Financial Report

Today’s report by the Pallister government is disappointing but not surprising. It’s more evidence of an austerity agenda that is shedding good jobs and making life harder for Manitoba families.

Since May, Manitoba has lost nearly 14,000 full-time jobs. This government has the worst record on creating full-time jobs west of New Brunswick and today’s update confirms that Manitoba’s projected employment forecast is negative for the year. This is combined with a minimum-wage freeze, a concerted government attack on front-line workers and a significant cut in infrastructure spending.

Pallister Government Proposes Agenda of Layoffs for Front-Line Workers While Full-Time Jobs Disappear

The Pallister Government’s agenda of cuts and layoffs for front-line workers is undermining services for families while an uncertain economy reels from thousands of full-time job losses, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“Since Pallister became premier, nearly 14,000 full-time jobs have disappeared while he wastes time and millions of dollars on ideological reviews,” Marcelino said. “His reckless commitment to austerity is damaging our economy and is hurting services for everyday families.”