Public sector wages not on pace with inflation

Chart - Wage and Price Increases

Governments in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are now either imposing or pushing wage freezes and/or cuts on public sector workers in their provinces. Over the past seven years, base wage increases in collective agreements for public sector workers across Canada averaged just 1.4% year, while consumer price inflation increased by an average … Read more…

A tale of two budgets – Alberta and Saskatchewan

There is no better example of budgets being about political choices than a comparison of the Alberta and Saskatchewan budgets. Alberta’s budget invested in infrastructure and public services while Saskatchewan went with cuts and tax hikes for everyone except corporations (who got a tax break). Alberta’s reliance on revenue from oil and gas has had a ‘boom … Read more…

False fiscal crises undermine the public sector

The deficit made me do it. It’s becoming a distressingly predictable excuse. A new (or old) government suddenly finds a larger-than-anticipated deficit, claims it’s facing a fiscal crisis and uses this as cover to freeze or slash wages, demand concessions and two-tier contracts, lay off workers, cut public services and privatize. We’ve seen this show many … Read more…