Saturday, March 21, 2009

CUPE and insulating the Civil Service

I have picked up a few figures recently that are relative to considering who has the proper view on this matter, and I think it is significant given the times. This is just a mini snapshot perhaps of a much greater picture, but I am curious how people see this overall.

Firstly, N.B. has a population of approx. 729,000. Secondly, they have 47,000 Provincial civil servants including nurses and teachers. Wages alone for the civil service consume 40% of New Brunswick budget. The best estimate I can find at the moment indicates there are roughly 350,000 people with jobs in N.B. Those figures include a youngster working 5 hours a week for a burger joint and a paper boy who receives a cheque for his services. Even short term work, that only lasts days or weeks gets counted, so the real figure of substantial jobs is difficult to nail down. I went searching this a.m. and employment statistics from Gov. of Canada websites are not currently available. Down for maintanence apparently. Ooops!

The next consideration would be the amount of Federal and Municipal Civil Servants in this area. We are quite heavily slanted with the Federal variety as the God's in Ottawa have been kind to us in that regard. I don't know the numbers, but I know they are significant. I think it wouldn't be too far off the mark to assume Fed and Municipal would equal the Provincial numbers, and that would bring the total to somewhere around 100,000. Real full time jobs are probably somewhere in the 200 to 250,000 range. That is just an estimate, but you see where I'm going with this?

If you can dig up hard figures anywhere, please post them as I'm trying to get a reasonably accurate view of this.

1 comment:

  1. Comrade,

    You only have to look at Toyota to see how to deal with downsizing. Employees cut back to 4 day weeks and any cuts made in the management side. That is a company ready for when things start improving not to mention not adding to the unemployment numbers.

    Back when Martin started creating surpluses he made a huge mistake by simply cuttig department budgets without direction. The result was that almost all of the cuts over several years were front line service deliverers like teachers with few management positions lost. Our health care system has not recovered since. By the time the liberals were booted they had doubled the reductions from previous cutbacks not by rehiring workers but by increasing management so we still receive less services than before the cuts. We all know how Harper has continued that trend at an accelerated pace.

    Comrade you need to look at those cuts closely. Are they a specific program cut? A cut to management which means same services at less cost or general cuts which mean reduced services at the same cost. Toyota is one of the few companies that are getting this recession right by looking long term. Everyone else can't see past their noses when it comes to running their own operations.