Is Manitoba Housing headed for drastic cutbacks? Privatization? Minister Fielding says he's surprised at the backlog of Manitoba Housing maintenance. We're surprised that he was surprised. After all, the foundation for the housing deficit was laid by the last Conservative government. Is this another stage-managed "crisis" justifying an austerity agenda?
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned crisis to rally the troops, especially if the crisis means that people are going to have to pay more for something. As we explained in our last post, Manitoba Hydro does not have a debt problem and, the fear of rate increases is a red herring. We saw how the projected … Continue reading Manufacturing Crisis
The media is lapping up Conservative alarm bells about Manitoba Hydro. At issue is the amount of debt the utility is taking on to fund new capital projects. We believe Manitobans deserve a clear response to two pointed questions before the Pallister appointed board makes major decisions that will affect the sustainability of this critically … Continue reading What’s the Deal With Manitoba Hydro?
Another measure we will be watching closely is that of work stoppages. Within the unionized workforce, work can be stopped because workers have gone on strike (which only happens when the collective agreement expires and negotiations have not yielded an agreement) or because the employer has “locked out” workers. Employers lock workers out when they … Continue reading Turning the Clock Back on Labour Relations