LETTER: Management in public sector has changed

Nov. 10, 2016 was the day management in the public sector changed forever.

Dear Editor:

Re: B.C. teachers celebrate top court ruling on class size (Summerland Review, Nov. 11).

Nov. 10, 2016 was the day management in the public sector changed forever.

The Supreme Court of Canada decided that public sector unions should have the right to manage and the ability to enshrine that right in contracts.

Now unions will have the ability to decide how publicly funded entities, specifically school boards in this case, have to deploy and manage the funding provided by the public to deliver the service they are legally obligated to supply.

Recent changes to federal legislation have reduced the obligation of unions to be accountable to their members, and unions have for many years operated with questionable democracy. Now the court has granted these organizations the ability to have control beyond reason.

If the Supreme Court of Canada gets to rule on the previous Manitoba government’s decision to guarantee no job loss in the public sector there, it will only add a significant amount of grease to an already slippery slope.

Fred McCreath

White Rock

 

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