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Budget: Government must find ways to reinvest in public services.

For Immediate Release

Posted: March 27, 2013


The President of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says “the 2013 provincial budget fails to reinvest in public services that were cut in 2012. Last year the province cut every department except Health by 3% and approximately 400 public service employees received layoff notices.”

President Bovyer says “today’s budget falls short of reinvesting in public services that Islanders depend on. However, if there is a silver lining, it’s that Government has shown some restraint in curtailing further austerity. I think they are being somewhat mindful about the effects further cuts would have on the economy.”

Going forward, President Bovyer urges Government to make the provision of public services their number one priority. “Islanders want to see a return on their investment. Our tax dollars pay for our roads and highways, hospitals, schools, mental health programs, environmental protection and countless other important services that maintain our quality of life.”

“In regard to Minister Sheridan’s mention of the provincial pension plan, I want to assure UPSE members that no decisions have been made in consultation with Government and other unions regarding a move to a “shared risk” format. We are confident that a solution regarding the long term health of the plan can be found that doesn’t involve major changes to the pension and continues to best meet the needs of the members.”

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Please contact Mark Barrett at 892-5335 (or toll-free at 1-800- 897-8773) to arrange an interview.