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Public services

Public services are the tools we have collectively given ourselves to achieve our common ideal – an equitable, safe and prosperous society respectful of the environment where no one is left out.  Canadians rely on the public services we provide everyday, especially during difficult economic times.

The government's disengagement and its move to become more reliant on the private sector threaten the future of our public services. This directly undermines the quality of life of our citizens and shifts us away from our common ideal. 

The Harper government is moving forward with $4 billion in cuts to public services.  Our jobs and the services that we provide are at risk. We need to fight back, uphold our rights and defend public services.

August 10, 2012 - 1:41pm •
“Average student debt in Canada stands at over $27000. It’s near impossible for graduates buried in debt to contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. These cuts to public sector jobs will make it harder for new graduates to find work, making it even more difficult for new grads to make ends meet when they are starting out. These cuts are an attack on youth.” Michael Walsh, St. John's, NL Newfoundland and Labrador Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students
August 10, 2012 - 1:17pm •
“When we discuss cuts to the Search & Rescue services, we are not as much talking about jobs as we are about public safety for Newfoundlanders & Labradorians. The fishing industry is flagged as the most dangerous industry anywhere in the world. We are a maritime community and we are primarily defined by our status as a maritime community. Not having these services available means that we are left vulnerable. Like no other place in Canada we need these safety nets around us for when things go wrong at sea.
August 8, 2012 - 11:48am •
“When the cuts hit here it’s going to affect my customers. These are high paid individuals who spend money in my store. When these cuts impact them; it’s money right out of my pocket. This is also money that is coming out of the local economy in my town. All of the businesses will be affected. There’s a snowball effect, and it takes money out of everyone’s pocket.” - Brad Barkhouse – Owner/Operator of The Book Worm in Gander
August 7, 2012 - 9:36am •
July 23, 2012 - 7:24am •
OROMOCTO, NB - The Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) has been committed since April to making every effort to fight back against cuts to jobs and services announced in the federal budget. UNDE asked Locals to mobilize to challenge any cuts to core services. Today the UNDE local in at CFB Gagetown answered that call. 
July 20, 2012 - 4:51pm •
OROMOCTO, NB - The Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), which represents approximately 20,000 public and private sector workers at Department of National Defence establishments across Canada, is hosting a press conference in Oromocto. The event is an opportunity for the public to learn about significant cuts to civilian defence workers at CFB Gagetown and the impact on the community of Oromocto.
July 17, 2012 - 10:30pm •
ST. ANDREWS, NB  - Leaders of the largest federal public sector unions are in St. Andrews, New Brunswick today to join a groundswell of opposition to federal cuts at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ St. Andrews Biological Station.  The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada’s (PIPSC) National President Gary Corbett, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) National Vice-President Chris Aylward, and the Union of Environment Workers (UEW) National President Todd Panas joined politicians and experts in marine science at a town hall event at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium Wednesday evening. 
July 17, 2012 - 10:30am •
Approximatly 200 people protested against bill C-38 on Sunday, July 8 in Bathurst. Bill C-38 affects amongst many people, seasonal workers and contractual workers. NDP MP Yvon Godin was at the protest alongside with PSAC members from UTE 60006, CEIU 60269 and 60254
July 16, 2012 - 11:17pm •
ST. ANDREWS, NB - Save Ocean Science (SOS), a recently formed group of non-partisan citizens in St Andrews and surrounding areas, is hosting a panel discussion in St Andrews.  The event is an opportunity for the public to learn about the impact of the significant cuts to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science. It is also an opportunity for the public to show support for the work being carried out at the St Andrews Biological Station (SABS) and other DFO research facilities. 
July 10, 2012 - 10:44am •
PSAC members and friends gathered outside the local CRA office recently to meet with Minister Gail Shea. Although Minister Shea was scheduled to appear, she was a no-show. During another recent attempt to meet with Minister Shea, her office had security lock us out of the building.

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