The provincial government’s decision to lay off employees was wrong. There were other options available such as increasing taxes and encouraging those workers able to retire to do so. The long-term results of laying off employees will be disastrous for our province’s future.
Many groups representing employees or employers agree that we will need more workers in the future. The government is aware of this and has made efforts to retain youth to fill the province’s present and future needs. By deciding to lay off workers, Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s government has put many young workers out of work and has sent a message to all youth in our province that the government is not concerned with their future. As a result of the government’s reckless and unwarranted actions, many youth will lose faith and leave our province for good.
Youth and young workers are the groups that we can least afford to do without. They are the groups that bring in and raise the next generation, and statistics clearly show that we already have a declining birth rate and an aging population. We need to retain the youth that we have and attract other young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to return home and raise families if we are to have any chance of a decent future.
The government’s shortsighted and ridiculous actions of cutting positions greatly jeopardizes our future, and must be reversed. We need to show youth that we see them as our must important resource. Showing them the door while older workers — many of whom are close to retirement — remain employed, sends the wrong message to youth. Such action encourages them to go outside the province where they may at least be given a chance at success.
I, for one, would rather see increased taxes for all and incentives to allow older workers to retire then see young workers, many of them just starting families, treated so heartlessly and callously.
To the Dunderdale government, I say: your ridiculous action leaves many youth with no other option but to leave our province and take our means of a brighter future with them.
Reverse your decision to eliminate positions that will result in putting young workers out of work before it’s too late.
Mike J. Murphy