Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised in the Legislature this week the need for a meaningful collective bargaining process in the province and respect for that process. He says he is concerned that Bill Seven is just the beginning of the Pallister government’s attack on labor. Lindsey says laying off hundreds of workers and making deep cuts to important government services like health and education are a risk. He asks what will it mean for patient care if there are fewer doctors and nurses, what will it mean for Manitoba students, parents and teachers with larger classrooms, fewer educational support and higher tuitions. He says these are all questions that this government consistently refused to answer.
Lindsey says the Premier decided to take a 20 percent pay raise for himself showing the wage freeze put forward does not apply to him. He asked the government to stop their attacks on labor as Manitobans value frontline services and the people who work hard to provide them.