“As we are in this together, sacrifice will be discussed with all, worked upon by all, and made by all, not just those at the lowest end of the economic scale, and just not by public officers,” Premier David Burt said.
Speaking at last night’s [May 4] press briefing, Premier Burt said, “Earlier today, discussions were held with our union partners on the economic situation facing our country and how together we can act as our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and do our part to save jobs, help those in need and save taxpayer dollars.
“Within government, we have already identified $65 million dollars in taxpayer savings and we are working collaboratively with our union partners and we expect to find even more.
“These talks were fruitful and I am convinced that we understand the need to find solutions that will benefit all.
“Yet as we look to our public officers for sacrifice and solutions, all too often social commentators look solely to them to bear the burden of sacrifice, while those who can afford to sacrifice are rarely asked to do so.
“Our public officers have often been scapegoated, abused, and disrespected and portrayed as the source and solution to most of our problems. The Government certainly does not accept that. In fact, we reject that mindset entirely.
“We know the sacrifices they make, and the tireless work that many of them have performed, especially in the last few months, as this country has battled this pandemic.
“As we are in this together, sacrifice will be discussed with all, worked upon by all, and made by all. Not just those at the lowest end of the economic scale, and just not by public officers.
“It makes no sense to ask persons to take cuts to their wages when people do not get cuts to interest rates or cuts to their power bills. So to be clear, fairness is needed across the board, and this government will ensure that all are to be a part of the equation.“