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P3s and privatization not what they seem

2 / 2 / 2018

The collapse of British company Carillion - a major contractor in public-private-partnerships (P3s) - could cost thousands their jobs and casts even more doubt on the value of P3s, outsourcing and privatization.The company crumbled under the weight of about $2.6 billion in debt. While the majority of its workers are in the United Kingdom, Carillion employs 6,000 people in Canada in sectors including oil and gas, health care, aviation, and roads maintenance services for nearly 40,000 kilometres of highways in...

Details lacking in budget announcement

1 / 30 / 2018

The coming weeks will be key in coming to an informed opinion on the 2018-19 budget as details were scarce in the announcement made by Finance Minister Cathy Rogers on Tuesday.While spending will increase in healthcare, education and tourism, exactly how remains to be seen."While there's some positives to be taken away from today, we're waiting for more concrete information on the specifics of how this budget will impact New Brunswickers," said New Brunswick Union President (NBU) Susie Proulx-Daigle.On the...

Three opportunities for change in 2018

1 / 8 / 2018

Opportunities to make positive changes to our province will be plentiful in 2018 for the New Brunswick Union (NBU) and its members.Here are three issues members have identified as important for the union to take on, not to mention those we continue to pursue.1. Medavie taking over the management of the Extra-Mural programDespite government signing a deal with Medavie for the private company to manage the Extra-Mural and Tele-Care programs, we remain committed to opposing this change. Many groups throughout...

Happy holidays from the NBU

12 / 20 / 2017

The holiday season is a great time to spend with friends and family and enjoy some much deserved rest.The board and staff of the New Brunswick Union want to wish everyone in the province a safe and happy holidays.We're fortunate to live in a beautiful province in the best country in the world. While New Brunswick faces some difficulties, we believe the expertise, determination and hard work of New Brunswickers will help lead to a brighter future.From all of us...

Medavie deal cause for concern

12 / 20 / 2017

Capacity and transparency. Both are words that have been thrown around a lot in the debate surrounding the privatization of management of the Extra-Mural Program (EMP). Recent stories in the Telegraph-Journal highlight how both those words ring hollow when coming from government and Medavie, the company set to manage the program. Let's begin with capacity. In a Dec. 8 commentary, "Building a health care system that works," penned by Health Minister Benoît Bourque and Medavie CEO Bernard Lord, the word is used...

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