I don't get these people, or, probably more accurately, I don't get Catherine Swift's bizarre obsession with the public service.
As the article states, the public service has agreed to an average annual increase of under 2% for the next 3 years, which is below the projected wage increase one might expect in the private sector. You're hardly keeping up with inflation. I think that qualifies as "belt tightening".
This isn't the first time Swift has stomped her feet in anger over public service job benefits. She's fixated on what civil servants make and how generous their pensions are. I don't think Canadian small businesses are hard up for staff, and as far as public expenditure go, the Canadian Public Service salaries are a drop in the bucket. I think someone might be angling for a career in politics.
3 weeks ago