Today, with hundreds of nurses out on the picket line demanding more jobs, our government forecast a deficit of $279,000,000 for the coming year. That's about $300 for every person or $1,200 for a family of four - in Nova Scotia. That quarter billion will be tacked on to the current debt of $15.09 billion bringing it to a little over $15,000 a head ($60,000 per family).
If a company were piling up those kinds of losses they would already have laid off anyone who was not doing something important dare I say “essential”. And even the most aggressive union would understand that the company would not be hiring new workers, period. But unions have learned that governments don’t negotiate with the same resolve as someone spending their own money. And they take advantage of us!
In my humble opinion, every single person working for the government at this point had better be essential. If they are not, they should be laid off the same as any private sector “non-essential” employee would be if their company was sinking in a quagmire of debt.
The nurses union is demanding a nurse-to-patient ratio of four to one. Would they still take that stand if the number of nurses was fixed and the number of patients was to be adjusted? Or how about if the pool of money available for nurses was fixed and each of their individual salaries were to be adjusted?
The "safe staffing levels" the union wants will cost an extra $60,000,000 per year just for the Capital Health District. There were 450,700 employed Nova Scotians in February. Raise your hands everyone who is willing to pay an extra $133 in taxes every year so Halifax hospitals can be “safely” staffed.