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PEI UPSE Launches Campaign at 49th Annual Convention

Posted November 15, 2010


The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE) launched their All Together Now campaign at the union’s 49th Annual Convention on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  The campaign defends public employees, promotes the public service, and fights for tax fairness. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is coordinating the campaign nationally.

The President of PEI UPSE, Shelley Ward, says “the public sector has been under attack in Canada and throughout the world since the crash of the private financial sector in 2008. The public service did not cause the financial crisis; however, they are the primary target in the aftermath. Our campaign delivers the positive message that public services are a good value. They are the most affordable way to make sure everyone gets the reliable, quality services they need - like health care, education and child care.”

Ward explains that “government would have us believe that spending is out of control despite the fact that government spending in Canada has decreased every year since 1992. In 1992 total government spending in Canada represented a 53% share of the economy and in 2008 represented just 39%.  Some politicians also like to use our deficit as an excuse to attack public services; but we have the lowest debt levels by far of all the richest countries in the world.”

“The real issue that governments have is a revenue problem. They are bringing in less money every year because of tax cuts for the super rich and big corporations.  The trend has been so severe that today the richest 1% of Canadians pay a lower tax rate than the poorest 10%. Also, Canada now has the lowest corporate tax rates out of the richest seven countries in the world. Our corporate tax rates are 15% lower than the U.S. rates. That represents billions of dollars in lost revenue for hospitals, schools, mental health programs, child care, environmental protection and other important programs and services that raise our quality of life.”

Please visit the campaign website at alltogethernow.nupge.ca. to learn more about the campaign and get involved by signing the online equality pledge that talks about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Canadians and the role of the public services and tax fairness in reducing the gap.         

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