The cash-starved provincial government is being told that now is a prime opportunity to get the province back on track financially—but it has to bargain tough with the unions. The Employers’ Council is not suggesting a rollback in wages, but says some of the benefits have to be reduced.
For example, executive director Richard Alexander says some workers can bankroll 480 days of sick leave by the time they retire, something unheard of in the private sector.
Former Finance Minister Cathy Bennett accused the unions of not being willing to do their part in addressing the deficit. Alexander says if government does not reduce spending in a big way, we are doomed to be forever overtaxed.