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Les travailleurs du gouvernement manifestent à Stratford pour appuyer les négociations

STRATFORD – Les travailleurs de la Fonction publique de l'Ontario (FPO), représentés par le Syndicat des employés de la fonction publique de l’Ontario (SEFPO), tiendront un piquet d'information pour protester contre le refus du gouvernement de négocier une convention collective juste et équitable.

Date :                   le vendredi 16 janvier 2015
Heure :                 7 h 30
Endroit :             Édifice des services gouvernementaux, 63, avenue Lorne ouest

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that the government is refusing to recognize the legitimate bargaining demands from his members, and is intent on freezing wages and cutting benefits in the current contract.

“Government negotiators at the bargaining table appear they would rather push the OPS into a strike than negotiate a fair deal with their employees,” Thomas said. “Yet this same government seems to have no problems with wasting billions of dollars on failed privatization schemes.”

Thomas said that the union has repeatedly told Premier Kathleen Wynne that his members can provide these services better and cheaper than the private sector, which has been affirmed by Ontario’s Auditor General. Despite this, that message is not filtering down to the bargaining table.

“Investing tax dollars directly into public services and public sector jobs will actually save the taxpayers money,” Thomas said. “If the government spent even a fraction of the money on public services and public service workers that is now wasted on private contractors, we would have better, more reliable and more accountable services for everyone.”

Members are now protesting in a bid to get that message across. “Kathleen Wynne needs to take action now and direct her negotiators to start bargaining a fair contract with those who provide crucial services in this province,” Thomas said. “That would be in the best interest of all Ontarians.”

OPSEU represents all frontline Ministry employees who work directly for the Ontario government. The current collective agreement expired Dec. 31, 2014.

Pour plus d'information : Ron Elliot, vice-président régional : (519) 318-0068

Connexe : Négociations 2014 de la FPO – Page d'index