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Statement by Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck in response to Premier Stefanson’s appointment of a Minister of Labour:
Premier Stefanson’s appointment of a Minister of Labour is long past due, as the absence of a Labour minister had made us an outlier in Canada for nearly six years. We are glad to finally have someone to work with on important issues that matter to working people in our province. However, today’s appointment is the bare minimum. What this government does to support working people over the next few months will matter most.
The pandemic has highlighted just how much we rely on workers. And it is clear that workers need more support from this government.
There is a desperate need for government to fix chronic staffing shortages in health care and other areas of the public sector, as well as to create permanent paid sick days so that Manitobans are not forced to choose between going to work sick to pay the bills or staying home to protect public health. Low-wage workers also need a meaningful increase to the province’s embarrassing minimum wage, which is scheduled to drop to the second-lowest in the country this spring.
We look forward to working with Minister Helwer to support working families who continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rising prices for groceries and other necessities, and strains on the public services we all rely on.
This years December 6th Virtual Memorial Service in honor of the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. This year’s event will be structured as a zoom webinar (12:00 PM – 12:30 PM), and will include an important address from our special guest speaker, CLC President, Sister Bea Bruske, on the topic: Ending Sexism, Harassment & Violence: Union Work, Union Responsibility. In order to participate, you will need to REGISTER IN ADVANCE (link enclosed).
Warning: this event will deal with themes of violence against women and femicide, which may be triggering for some participants.
If you find yourself in need of urgent support, please contact the Klinic Crisis Line (24/7) at: 204-786-8686 / 1-888-322-3019.
- Short-staffing is jeopardizing public safety and leading to burnout.
- Workers predicting a reduction in quality of service and assets from the changes.
- Workers expecting higher costs for taxpayers and reduced value for money.
- Civil service expertise is being ignored, with workers shut out of the process.
These negative results regarding service quality and public safety are consistent with earlier studies, with Manitoba ignoring the evidence. The report concludes that the destruction of internal capacity built up over decades will be costly and challenging to undo, and that Manitobans, along with public sector workers, are already paying the price. Read full report here
One of our Affiliates is the Manitoba Federation of Labour. The MFL Fall Report has just been released. This report gives you a glimpse of the busy year we all had, with the pandemic, the government and the continued fight for our members rights.. You can read the full report here