Public service trough week

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?

h/t Marvin

  • Alain

    This sort of thing has always made me angry; in fact it makes me angry that public service unions are even allowed at all. I know from personal experience just how totally disconnected these unions are from the majority of their slave members. I say slave, because whether you like it or not, union dues are deducted from your pay. Even for those who refuse to sign the union membership card the dues are still taken. This is exactly the same as in a communist country where everyone is forced to be a member of the communist party if they expect to have a life worth living.

    • Even FDR realized that the Public service should never be unionized.

    • AmicusC

      that and their is nothing stopping unions using your money to support political parties.

  • EdwinJDelong

    ….All time hit the blazingcatfur Find Here

  • Millie_Woods

    Yes they’re extremely well paid, and yes they have pension plans that the vast majority of us can only dream of. And maybe their health benefits, sick leave, perks and bonuses seem obscene to people in the private sector. And no they don’t have to worry about losing their jobs during economic downturns or for being incompetent. But it’s not all roses, because they know we can do even more for them and it makes them sick that we’re not. That’s why so many of them are on stress leave.