The decision to hand over government printing contracts to for-profit businesses could jeopardize privacy and end up costing more, according to Unifor.
“When it comes to this government, ideology trumps common sense every time,” said Alex Charles, President of Unifor Local 780G. “If they actually took the time to look at the numbers, they would realize that the Queen’s Printer is a valuable and cost-effective service to the entire government.”
On Wednesday, the BC government announced that it will be closing its internal printing service in favour of using higher-priced private sector printers. The Queen’s Printer service of government has been printing sensitive government documents for 155 years. Many government departments rely on the Queen’s Printer for low-cost alternative to the private sector.
“There was a reason that the Queen’s Printer has been around 155 years—the government needs a source of cost-effective and confidential printing. Now this work will be done off-site for a profit,” said Joie Warnock, Western Director of Unifor. “There’s literally no reason to privatize this arm of government.”