What follows is a facebook discussion under a post by Justice Minister Darin King that was later deleted.
DARIN KING More jobs; more opportunities; possible power agreement - another excellent day for Newfoundland and Labrador ! Government Secures Commitment from Vale for Underground Mine www.releases.gov.nl.ca
Jodie Riggs It's not much of a consolation to the
upwards of two thousand public and government employees, School Board and
EAS employees who are not trades people, especially the single parents
who are restricted to their rural communities.
Cecilia Dodge I agree Jodie.
Darin King That number is totally
inaccurate, Jodie. Minister Kennedy spoke to that yesterday in the
Legislature. It's unfortunate that people are circulating the wrong
information as we go through this process.
Jodie Riggs I'm including the EAS offices, the ABE instructors from
CNA, as well as spin off layoffs such as childcare providers and
Jodie Riggs If you have the exact numbers Darin, I would love to know them.
Jodie Riggs PS Darin, note that I said UPWARDS, and didn't give an exact number.
Mary Mullins i could see closing out some eas
offices. or cuting backbut not closing all of them, what is the people
going to do.
Lenora Slaney It's a wonderful
time to test the theory of duplicating services when all of these
people are out of work. EAS is needed more then ever, it's not a time
with all of these pending layoffs to close these offices especially when
it is not a budget decisio...See More
Cecilia Dodge Well it look like the Tories are on a mission in
regard to the 2013 Budget and that is to destroyed our province and to
have Newfoundland and Labrador declared a THIRD WORLD PROVINCE NOT A
HAVE PROVINCE........ WHICH WILL BE RIGHT UP STEVEN HARPER’S ALLEY
Freeman Legge Some bad when politicians
start having hallucinations, because that what is happining to Kennedy,
Kent, King and the rest of Dunderdale followers!
Joyce Lee Stacey well you`d never know NL was a have
province with all these cut backs and job losses!! I think its time for
steven Harper to go!
Jodie Riggs Darin, according to my research, the Job Cuts Breakdown includes the following:
485 core public service layoffs (just over 5% of the total workforce,
where half of the positions were permanent) Gov. Boards & agencies
will axe another 450 jobs (nearly 200 of those will come from health
authorities) another 246 positions currently vacant will remain
unfilled. In addition to staffing reductions another 190 were offered
early retirement. Yet another 160 cuts are scheduled to come from the
Teaching and School Administration…….CNA ABE instructors and the School
Boards. Factor in the 226 EAS positions that are to eliminated due to
the governments redirecting of funds, the total number thus far is
approximately- 485+450+246+190+160+226 = 1757 CONFIRMED LAYOFFS PLUS ???? MORE ????
Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the SOCIAL and ECONOMIC RAMIFICATIONS
of mass layoffs will know that where there are job losses, there are
MORE job losses….. In this case, bumping into other positions, child
care providers, building renters, cleaners and other small town business
to name but a few…. There is NO WAY to determine actually
numbers, but when I said UPWARDS of 2000 affected persons, it was based
on FACTS! The bulk of this information came from information that you
yourself forwarded to the Facebook and the remainder came from the
media, most notably the CBC News.For you to say that “It’s
unfortunate that people are circulating the wrong information as we go
through this process”, infers that I am either lying or spreading
rumors, shows how utterly disrespectful you are to those affected by
this PROCESS as you call it, and to myself as a knowledgeable labour
market information researcher and analyst through my work experience. It
further points out how you utilize effective political tactics by
ignoring the comments and concerns addressed and redirecting the stream
of conversation back on to me to try and discredit myself as well as
changing the subject.
Now, to address the PROCESS, as you call
it……This process will be detrimental to countless hardworking
Newfoundlanders, the majority who are NOT trades people. These are mid
level positions and include a large number of those who have families
and earn far less than the trades workers or politicians. These include
men and women who for the vast majority are NOT trained in the trades,
who may not want to be trained in the trades, who may not be suitable to
the trades, who are not able to participate in a mobile workforce or
who CANNOT due to familial or other reasons, such as child care issues.
Darin, this PROCESS will eliminate my job as an Employment Counsellor,
where I help numerous clients proceed through the job loss cycle,
determine and overcome barriers to employment, assess eligibility for
interventions, guide career exploration suitability and decision making,
research the labour market information and counsel clients who are
seeking employment. This PROCESS affects my clients and me, and as a
single parent and the main bread winner, I will now be competing with
countless others for the limited job opportunities that are in our area,
many of those affected by this so-called PROCESS. I am currently NOT
eligible for retraining, and even if I did, my child’s father already
leaves for employment at sea, and therefore I CANNOT avail of any of the
opportunities outside of my area in the trades. This PROCESS as you so
loosely coined it are people’s LIVELIHOODS.
The focus of our
provincial government is on the HAVES of the provinces, the under taxed
business owners, wealthy oil and gas conglomerates, definitely not the
reality, which is the Have-Nots; the elderly, those on fixed incomes,
single parents, rural communities, our fragile animal kingdom and
environment and hardworking Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans.