I, for one, am not really surprised. With a body like CUPE on their side, does anyone expect anything else?
The Treasury Board of Canada posted the 800-page study on its website last week.
In 2002-2003, the average salary of workers in the core public service was $53,000, increasing to $73,400 when factoring in benefits.
"For me to make that amount of money, I would have to work twice as much time," tradesman Tim Cogswell told CTV News.
In the private sector, the average salary was $38,885...
That is a huge wage gap. In my opinion, such a gap is unjustifiable. In another part of the article, public servants argue that they deserve the higher wages and benefits due to the stress of their jobs. Apparently, public servants suffer more harassment and work-related stress. That may be. However, public servants are also notoriously lazy, slow and inefficient. They are secure in their jobs as even the poorest performance does not result in job loss, as it would in the private sector.
By 2003, the number of public servants had bounced back to 235,000. The total number of people employed by the government increased to 351,000, excluding Crown corporations and federal business enterprises, at a cost of $25 billion per year...
The study also shows that civil servants took a total of 7.74 million days of leave in 2002-2003. On average, each employee took:
* 17.3 days for vacations
* 8.3 days for sick leave
* 1.6 days for family-related leave
"I think the whole idea that public servants are somehow overworked is just a farce," said John Williamson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation...
No kidding. That's a lot of vacation time.
The report makes 77 recommendations, focusing on how Ottawa compensates its employees and deals with unions. In particular, the study says public servants should not be quick to strike for better wage conditions.
"Exceptional bargaining strength derived from the privilege of serving the public should not justify going beyond what is reasonably comparable in equivalent circumstances in the private sector," the report states. "The time has come to search with determination for better ways to settle disputes fairly, without recourse to the strike weapon.
Pretty much. CUPE strikes at the drop of a hat.
"Those of us who are paying the freight for this very well-off public service are going to be so pinched that we're not going to provide for our own retirement," said Catherine Swift of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Although, I think I would go one step further and say that a lot of us aren't providing for our retirement now. We just can't afford it, and not all of us get pensions... unlike the public sector workers.