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  • CUPE Targets Threat of Wage Freeze, Cuts in Campaign

    Another public sector union has launched an ad campaign focused on government threats to freeze wages and slash benefits.

    Finance Minister Cathy Bennett would not provide a breakdown of the $283-million in spending cuts announced in this year’s budget when grilled by reporters yesterday.

    Last week she would not rule out the possibility of job cuts in the public service or rollbacks in wages or benefits as negotiations with the unions continue.

    Bennett says the details will be revealed in due time.

    CUPE says the threat of layoffs and a wage freeze for public services workers is causing undue stress. CUPE President Wayne Lucas says all economic indicators are still pointing to challenging times for the province, and government needs to recognize the public sector as a driver of economic growth.

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