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  • Can't have it both ways
    March 15, 2012 - 11:48

    If the government employed tradespeople want to be treated like the private sector then give them what they want. Pay them more more when times are good and less when times are bad. Yes, they can have more in wages but they have to give up their pensions and job security. The fact that they haven't jumped over to the private sector is proof that they know there is more to think about than just wages.

  • harold
    March 15, 2012 - 11:42

    question to hummm. all underpayed compared to whom? im all for paying people a decent wage. as a public sector worker your Full wage and benefit package should be made known to all tax payers after all we pay your salery. tom made valid points and so did Dave.

  • Teacher
    March 15, 2012 - 10:23

    To Humm, you really should return to school at the elementary level and brush up on your language skills. There are in excess of twenty English Language and grammatical errors in your rant.

  • Duffy
    March 15, 2012 - 09:54

    GREED!!!! If you don't like working for the government with benefits galore than go with a private company for $15.00 an hour and no benefits. The Public does not support you - be assured. In any event the real issue is with your Union that considers you not worth what the MUN guys are worth - they represented you and you pay them.........smart. Go back to work or leave!

    • Phantom
      April 11, 2013 - 14:17

      As a licenced Plumber working in the ontario health care system i can tell you that my 600 dollars a week is not enough. 75,000 a year would not be out of line for a skilled and licenced journeyperson with 10+ years of experience.

  • Humm
    March 15, 2012 - 08:50

    Well Tom Ya Don't work with Health Care so you really dont know, they are all under payed ever department worker and if someone don't do something about it there will be a bad STRIKE with Nurses, Clerks, Cleaning Staff, Trades people, and where will ya be to then, when you come in for your BAD COUGH into Emer., or to an Appointment and it is very dirty there or very short staffed that you have to wait in Emer. for 12 hours, or what about to have A surgery and it's cancled for a year.....well guess what it's time for everyone to wake up cause when it all happens in the next couple of months that Eatern Health is on strike it wont be just the Tradesmen workers its going to be maybe the whole staff and team cause They are ALL under payed there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave
    March 15, 2012 - 08:35

    There are many issues facing this Monster we call EasternHealth, right now there are issues with Nursing (New Grads,LPN's,PCA's),the issues with the trades workers are entirely due to wages,I have watched a job posting for a painter/plasterer remain on their site for over a year now top salary $38,844 before taxes per year. In the private sector this type of job would earn twice that salary or more, easy without the BS that comes with working for EasternHealth. There is adaquate money put into EasternHealth to operate it optimally however the money is not used in this way, there is total mismanagement of budgets. Money wasted on bad decisions such as arbitration cases,managers that do not manage,trivial infrastructure issues such as the placement of video cameras to act as managers while keeping the managers on staff. Oh boy there is so much to look at. I hope the new auditor general does an audit on all aspects of easternHealth both acute and long term care sections.

  • Harold
    March 15, 2012 - 08:08

    $43,000 anually with ALL benefits?? come on guys your not doing too bad. lets not get too greedy here. different employers pay different wages, it's your right to move on to a higher paying job if you want.

  • Tom
    March 15, 2012 - 07:05

    Stop the belly aching. If you want private sector wages, then go to the private sector. But remember that there is no job security, random hours, many times working 6-7 days a week, sun up to sun down, so no family life, even if you work in the province. No pension, no medical, and no dental. Or stay where you are too, and work your regular shift, every second weekend off, full pension, medical and dental. Home for supper, lots of time for the family. Your choice, but you can’t have it both ways. No wage increase. Either go after the private sector, or keep your cushy job, with all the benefits and shut it.