CHARLOTTETOWN – NDP Leader James Rodd is asking the government for clarity on what’s going to happen to the Islanders who work in the provincial liquor stores, camp grounds and golf courses.
According to media reports, the province is considering privatizing or leasing the Island’s liquor stores, golf courses, and camp grounds. With that announcement, the Ghiz government is leaving many Islanders uncertain about their jobs. Mr. Rodd is asking for clarity on this question and to involve workers in these discussions can expect in coming months.
“Some Islanders will lose their livelihood because the provincial government didn’t plan ahead when they dramatically increased the province’s deficit in just one term,” says Mr. Rodd.
“During those years, the Ghiz government said they were spending to avoid a recession. But those economics are suspect. Laying off over one hundred workers into the highest unemployment pool is good for no one and certainly not good for an already-struggling economy. We are leaving more people out in the cold, unable to feed their families. How will the province stand up for those workers?”
Mr. Rodd worries that this round of layoffs is the first of many as the government sells off its assets to cover growing debt.
“With over 60% of Islanders living on less than $30,000 annually, government layoffs are a very concerning prospect. We need to stand up for the working poor and unemployed. When we work together, we‘ll achieve a happy, healthy population… but growing unemployment numbers are the last thing that this province needs.”
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