A no-layoff clause in a new union contract in Manitoba is getting some people riled up.
The deal reached between the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union and the province has five years of built-in job security.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation can’t believe the province would protect the civil service like that, given the provincial debt and the sheer size of government.
Federation spokesperson Todd MacKay says this is the last thing the province should be doing.
“I think taxpayers should be really worried about this. The government doesn’t have money right now. We don’t have the money to be paying folks more, unfortunately. Manitoba has one of the biggest bureaucracies in the country. This deal is very questionable.”
President of Manitoba Federation of Labour Kevin Rebeck says this kind of contract could actually help the government control its deficit.
“This is a contract that’s less than cost of living. This is a way to help control costs, by giving some job security in place of going and rolling the dice into the arbitration board. It’s probably a more cost-effective way of managing this.”
14,000 members of the MGEU will vote on the new deal over the next few weeks.