Unifor is calling on all Newfoundland and Labrador members to unite with workers across the province to tell the Furey government #DontSellNL!
Recommendations in ‘The Big Reset’ report by the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) will hurt workers and impede economic recovery if implemented.
The Big Reset calls for Thatcher-style austerity measures that would cut healthcare to the bone, hold a fire sale on government assets, attack pensions, and freeze worker’s wages, taking the province backwards instead of moving to #BuildBackBetter.
These slash-and-burn ‘reset’ recommendations would sell away valuable assets owned by the citizens, sell off vital public services to be run at a profit by private corporations, and sell out the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Read Unifor’s release on The Big Reset report here.
Premier Furey and his government have already embraced several of The Big Reset austerity recommendations in the recent provincial budget so there is no time to waste!
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The so-called ‘Big Reset’ report by the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) recommends slash-and-burn measures that, if implemented, will harm workers, families and communities.
The PERT plan would cut thousands of jobs, lower wages and working conditions, exacerbate the rural urban divide, decimate regional health authorities and cut other vital social services.
Workers across Newfoundland and Labrador are instead calling for ‘A Fair Reset.’
There are better and fairer options available to Premier Andrew Furey that would boost the economy, increase opportunities and ensure people are supported during a post-pandemic economic recovery.
In a series of blog reports called ‘A Fair Reset,’ 10 leading economists, political scientists, geographers, writers and professors analyze the financial and socio-economic impacts of the PERT report and provide their own progressive recommendations to build a stronger fairer and more inclusive economy.
‘A Fair Reset’ blog will be released each week by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour starting August 10, 2021 until the week before the scheduled resumption of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly on October 18.
Topics include job loss, debt, technology in health care, just transition and how austerity measures do more harm than good.
Organizations the world over are calling for inclusive growth policies to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Newfoundland and Labrador must do the same.
A Fair Reset – Job loss
August 10, 2021
The ‘Big Reset’ spending cut recommendations in the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) report would result in the loss of nearly 9,000 jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador if implemented. Read more in Unifor Economist Kaylie Tiessen’s ‘A Fair Reset’ blog.
A Fair Reset - Tech Won’t Soften the Blow in Healthcare
August 24, 2021
Technology is not a replacement for healthcare workers as recommended by “the Big Reset says Paris Marx, host of the Tech Won’t Save Us podcast, in their ‘A Fair Reset’ blog.
A Fair Reset - 'Big Reset' Will Deepen Economic Crisis
September 1, 2021
While Premier Andrew Furey is contemplating cutting wages and regressing working conditions for people across the province, as recommended by Moya Greene in her Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) ‘Big Reset’ Report, governments and advisors the world over are talking about building back better with inclusive growth policies that ensure no one gets left behind. Read Unifor Economists Kaylie Tiessen's latest 'A Fair Rest' blog.
A Fair Reset - 'Big Reset' Will Corrode Higher Education
September 6, 2021
The ‘Big Reset’, the final report and recommendations submitted by Moya Greene as Chair of the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) proposes cuts of over $100 million from the post-secondary education budget between now and 2026, says Memorial University Professor Josh Lepawsky in his 'A Fair Reset' blog.
Big Reset Leaves Oil Workers in a Lurch, Just Transition Can Move them Forward
September 13, 2021
The ‘Big Reset’ Report leaves oil and gas workers in a lurch, with few supports to carry their highly technical, transferable skills to the green energy jobs just around the corner, write Dr. John Peters Research Fellow at the Inter-University Centre for Research on Globalization and Work at the University of Montreal and Dr. Angela Carter, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Political Science & Balsillie School of International Affairs. Read their A Fair Reset blog.
Privatization: Public Risk, Private Profit.
September 22, 2021 (NAPE)
The proposed sell-off of major public assets and infrastructure to private, for-profit corporations or equity partners will mean the loss of billions of dollars in revenue for the people of the province, says Jerry Earle, NAPE President in his A Fair Reset blog.
The Hard Math About Deficits, Debt, and Public Services
September 27, 2021
There is no need to sacrifice future human and community wellbeing to a misplaced and superstitious obsession with balancing the books. Newfoundland and Labrador should focus on what is far more important to long-run fiscal stability: putting its people to work in decent jobs, producing real goods and services, and making the province an even more attractive, livable place, writes Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work in his A Fair Reset blog.
Rejecting the PERT Fishery Recommendations; Protecting Rural NL
October 5, 2021
FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan raises the alarm in his A Fair Reset blog on the complete lack of understanding and misinformation surrounding the inshore fishery in the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) Report, warning if the recommendations were to be implemented it would lead to certain destruction of the inshore fishery and the coastal communities that rely on it.
Big Reset Tax Measures Little More than Window Dressing
October 12, 2021
The PERT report acknowledges that it will cause a lot of economic damage. In his A Fair Reset blog Toby Sanger, Executive Director Canadians for Tax Fairness, writes that instead of growing with the economy, the forecast of annual tax revenues would declining by 20% over the next five years.
Fair Reset Blog Series Clearly Shows That There Are Many Options for A Fair Reset that Put People First
October 29, 2021
The Fair Reset blog series, clearly demonstrates that there are other solutions to Newfoundland and Labrador’s fiscal challenges that do no harm, ensure fairer more equitable economic growth, preserve existing jobs while creating new decent ones, and ensure that the wealthiest among us pay their fair share.