The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is pleased with the 2018-2019 New Brunswick budget.
“Rather than implement harsh austerity measures, the provincial government chose to continue to invest in New Brunswickers, focussing on health and senior care and retaining young New Brunswickers in the province,” says Patrick Colford, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.
Yesterday’s budget included increased investments in early leaning and child care, employment initiatives to keep young New Brunswickers in the province, and a much-needed wage enhancement for special care employees and home support workers.
“The labour movement has a long history of saying that governments cannot cut their way to prosperity,” adds Patrick Colford, “the NBFL supports this balanced approach where government invests in its people while returning to balanced budgets over time. This ensures that economic prosperity benefits all New Brunswickers and not just the select few.”
For the past several months, organized labour has been working with government on five government-labour working groups overseen by a government-labour steering committee. The working groups recommend policy and investment in the following areas: 1) Labour policy, 2) Outsourcing, 3) Pay equity, 4) Social policy, and 5) Training and upskilling.
“The New Brunswick Federation of Labour looks forward to our continued collaborative work with government over the coming months,” concludes Colford.
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is the central voice of organized labour in the province. We represent over 35,000 workers from every sector of the economy and from every community in the province.
For additional information, please contact:
Patrick Colford, NBFL President
(506) 857-2125 / (506) 381-8969 (cell)