Gone are the days civil servants accepted less pay for better job security
Last week marked the 30th Public Service Week to celebrate Canada’s federal public servants (it was enshrined in law in 1992, proof this country has too many laws). Besides the usual barbecues and verbal tsunami of self-congratulation, public service unions are using the occasion to launch a pre-election ad blitz attacking the Harper government. Here are a few points to ponder while staring in disbelief at these ads.
Federal employees are clearly at the top of the food chain in every category of salary, benefits, leave and retirement. Not the top among just public sector workers, but the most pampered and privileged of any major industry group. And none of this attaches a value to the near impossibility of losing your job– it takes almost criminal incompetence to get fired by the federal government, with only a 0.06 per cent dismissal rate compared with 5 per cent to 10 per cent in the private sector.
How does it feel being a member of the new slave class?