No more layoffs until after budget, Kennedy says

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Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy. Telegram file photo

Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy said today that, to date, 167 individuals in the public service have been advised their positions have been eliminated.

In a news release Kennedy notes that while bumping may occur in the coming weeks among bargaining unit employees, there will be no further layoffs until after Budget 2013.

“In order to ensure that employees are provided the necessary supports and services that they deserve, notifying employees of their positions being eliminated has taken time,” Kennedy said. “Each employee is advised in person through a meeting with human resource staff. This process cannot be rushed and as a result can take multiple days. It is important that our human resource policies are followed and that employees are treated in a professional and respectful manner.”

In individual meetings, human resource staff advise employees of their employment status. Employees are offered employee assistance counselling and other support mechanisms, and are provided an opportunity to ask questions.

Given a limited number of human resources staff and to ensure all employees are given the time they deserve, the process takes time, the release states.

“With salaries and employee benefits making up approximately 55 per cent of the provincial government’s total expenditures and are as high as 70 per cent in some departments, it is impossible to reduce costs without impacting employees,” Kennedy said.

Initiatives such as the temporary suspension of recruitment activities and a modest retirement incentive are measures introduced to help mitigate impact on the public service. There are approximately 9,000 employees in the core public service.

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  • Don
    March 09, 2013 - 22:55

    So instead of telling 333 people now that their jobs are gone, the PC's decide to wait for a month or so and have a 1000 or more wondering if they will be the ones. Sounds like a concerned bunch of misfits for MHA's.

  • betty
    March 09, 2013 - 22:06

    When u see your co workers walking one by one to get bad news really does something to your faith, seems like whoever you put in Gov lets you down.....just wondering since we have no say can we also say that our Gov is a communist Gov? *makes one wonder*

  • k
    March 09, 2013 - 11:08

    When Kennedy restates what dunder already said .Tells me the leash is gone. Kennedy also says states Public Service. OOPS I mean public Doctors. Lawyers, Nurses .police ,fifefighters so on so on. Strange how the select are mentioned. . Let me guess. Which door is #2 Dunderdale , Kennedy ,or Marshall. All Three Ohj by the way jack those people pay taxes and all other goodies like all working public servants.

  • Sean
    March 09, 2013 - 10:08

    I just hope all NLers remember, in the next election, how badly the PCs have handled our affairs. We have gone from a have province back to a have not in a couple short years. Guaranteed, just before the next election, the PCs will try to swindle us with some new jobs or financing to get re-elected, but I hope everyone does not get duped by this Blunderdale government. The question I would love Dunderdale to answer is "If government needs to cut back due to the deficit and services and jobs are ways to cut back, why is it that their pay and GOLDEN pensions are intact and they do not do their part to help out"? Dunderdale's mis-management of this province is costing people their jobs and services to the people of NL, but yet she created some jobs in her cabinet, HUH!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a slap in the face to all NLers, especially those losing their jobs. I guess in her bizarro world, a wage freeze is government's way of doing their part. I knew when Williams named Dunderdale as his successor, she would mess things up and sell this province out. SHAME SHAME SHAME Blunderdale

  • Greg
    March 08, 2013 - 21:54

    I'll tell you where all the money is gone. It's gone to "make-work" projects in rural communities so that people can get 14 weeks work. They are laying off people with 15 years seniority who have worked full-time the whole time and pushing them out the door, but they'll keep giving money to rural people who work in fish plants that have no interest in ever becoming a productive citizen! When they cut off all the money to keeping dying out-ports alive, then they can afford to employ productive citizens!

  • Kev
    March 08, 2013 - 21:18

    Bye bye PC Party. Won't be long now.

  • Steve
    March 08, 2013 - 19:49

    It's unfortunate that there are people like you that are allowed to speak. The world would have been blessed if you were a mute. I feel bad for your family. Jack, in case you don't realize it the majority of the public service are dedicated employees that strive to make a contribution to society, most of whom have familys and will be seriously hurt by these layoffs. I am a spouse of a civil servant who may very well loose her job. People like you are the problem, you've got your hand out to take what you can get and don't care who it affects. The gov't has chosen to eliminate jobs that govern process and maintain policy and procedure...they govern and keep the lights on for you and i. The scare tactic that Dunderdale is using is appaling and to be quite honest borderes on unethical and inmoral behaviour. To lay-off 4-5 people at a time and hold it over the others heads and say "we're going to wait till the budget comes down cause it too stressfull on us", when they already know whos getting the axe is short of cruel. I truely do think that their time has come and gone. They are destroying NL with their "come to us" mentality and will leave nothing for the future generations to come. Cathy Dunderdale is nothing more than a Newfoundlander like you and me, but her and a few others are acting like school yard bullies.....and we all know what happened to them.

  • sparky
    March 08, 2013 - 17:11

    I think there are way-to-many people in gov`t with jobs that don`t know 'what there job is'! & this move by gov`t will sift them out! After Joe gets "caned" & gets pissed-off with alittle cheque coming-in he`ll be pretty quick to jump-up & rat-out his old buddies that do nothing also & then "the ball starts rolling"!

  • Cyndi
    March 08, 2013 - 15:54

    @Jack - And what exactly do you do for a living Jack? FYI I am a public sector worker who works 30 to 60 minutes of overtime UNPAID so my clients don't suffer. One time I could bank the time and use it later but I cannot even do that anymore. ALSO Jack, again FYI, I need education credits to maintain my good standing to work and I often have to travel OUT OF PROVINCE AT MY OWN EXPENSE and pay for conference fees OUT OF MY OWN POCKET (which could be up to $500). So Jack, do I sound like a government employee whose a freeloader to you? If I had to guess, you are probably the freeloader! Get you facts straight before you go mouthing off next time!!

  • trapper
    March 08, 2013 - 14:46

    When will you learn your premier is not smart enough to run the province.Two years ago they were telling nflders to come home there was going to be a manpower shortaage oh yes that was just before the election.Since then mills,fish plants and now govt. workers laid off.And do not forget soon there will be many laid off in Long Harbour once the construction is completed.By the way with all the closers in nfld why do you need more power.When ERCO was in Long Hr. they ran on power from Bay De Espoir (?) 6omillion watt furnances.The billions spent in Muskratt Falls could go a long way in creating perment jobs not work for a year or two.Then where Alberta bound..

  • Wrong savings
    March 08, 2013 - 14:44

    Not all Public Service employees are "dead wait" Jack! There are alot of important services provided by these people to help specific social groups of this province. Albiet political suicide, I think governement needs a Reform on how Social services money is being distributed. There has to be some accountability on how money is being spent (tax payor dollars...and yes Pubic Service workers pay taxes) through our social services system.

    • jack
      March 08, 2013 - 17:53

      Wrong savings The fact you believe govt pays takes is exactly why I term most govt works dead weight. If ones pay comes from taxes it means their taxes don't count it just means they are not making the money they think they are. Example an apple employee produces a product and all the money is generated from this product is from the private sector . A govt workers salary is the taxes of the apple employee, so if the govt employee payes taxes he is only taking some of the apple tax payers money and recycling it to another dead weight employee. If we were to reduce govt than that applee employee would have more money to spend on items which would employ more productive people with real jobs as oppose to hiring morean having regulator who are killing the economy. Just another union paided by the tax payer.

  • Brett
    March 08, 2013 - 14:12

    TaxPayerToo - The tax base has increased (economy grown) - but not as much as they've added services. Look to all public union salaries going up 34% from 2006-2010 as an example.

    • Two cents
      March 08, 2013 - 19:37

      Where did you find these stats?? An increase of 34% over four years? The wage freeze and small increase must have been a figment of employees' imagination I guess.

  • jack
    March 08, 2013 - 14:09

    500 layoffs is nothing; the number should be in the 4 digits. tax payers are paying way to much for to many free loaders. fire these people and allow them to re-enter the work force in skills that are in demand. when private industries cant suport emaplyees they slash big time, however govt waste to much tax payer money due to holding on dead wait. Go Cathy Go, put more money back in my pocket.

    • Mary Brininstool
      March 08, 2013 - 17:56

      Why is it people think gov't employees are free loaders? They pay taxes just as you do. Wait until you have to wait two minutes to have a question answered or snow plowed or a child get a proper education, then it is more complaints!

    • Simplesolution
      March 09, 2013 - 07:06

      "Jack" I think you forgot something. We are paying out much more to Social Service Recipients than anything. They get a paycheque every two weeks to gamble, drink, smoke and yes, people on welfare do go on trips as well. They also have mortgages (yes, they are allowed to keep their homes), in which ALL WORKERS, including public service, pay for it and they get to own. Next time you wanna lay blame on where the money is really going, why don't you ask our premier what the government hands out to these people annually.

  • Scott Free
    March 08, 2013 - 13:43

    Kennedy and Marshall have totally exhausted all credibility and integrity; down to zero.

  • Wes
    March 08, 2013 - 13:35

    Alex.....Port de Grave too. This whole PC try isn't working....can't wait to get a liberal back.

  • Alex
    March 08, 2013 - 13:24

    Maybe taxpayers need to get involved and make their own cuts in a few years - MHA's....all Conservative MHA's out ! Bonavista South will lead the way I guarantee it.

  • dan
    March 08, 2013 - 12:52

    Good points there TAXPAYERTOO. The money is not gone just that budgeting is crazy. Its like you spending twice your salary hoping that you will win the lotto! This whole farce is fabricated. The PCs were busy helping their business buddies knowing full well that revenue would not be where it was projected to be. PCs had to create this event so no raises go out to public service. PC buddies won't lose out. ABC in NL

  • taxpayertoo
    March 08, 2013 - 12:37

    Can someone explain to me how we can have a booming economy and are a "have" province but yet the govt says it's broke and laying off employees? Where has the money gone...the only thing I have gotten out of this great boom is to pay more taxes, my house assessment doubled in the last yer. Laying people off is just moving them from a working position to collecting EI, there are no other jobs for people to even apply for!!