ugg cleaner NDP say Tory ‘cheerleading’ jeopardized Manitoba jobs
The Manitoba NDP accuse the province of leading for a business deal when they should have fought for job guarantees instead.
And that left Manitoba employees more vulnerable to job losses, the party claims.
Jim Maloway, the party consumer affairs critic, said 40 buyouts are in the works at Bell MTS. He said that on top of more than 200 jobs the company already cut from within one of its unions since just shortly before Bell acquired MTS in March 2017.
Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba said the number of Bell MTS employees it represents has fallen from around 1,000 just before the merger to about 800, soon to fall again to the mid 700s.
were well paid, middle class, highly skilled jobs, said Bob Linsdell, executive director of TEAM Local 161. numbers keep going down. Brian Pallister publicly supported the Bell acquisition as a way to ensure better wireless coverage. But Maloway says he should have instead sought intervenor status with federal regulators to push for job guarantees and consumer price protections.
provincial government didn even stay neutral. The premier was out cheer leading for this deal,
said Maloway. the premier, he should have been up defending Manitobans and Manitoba jobs. also questioned claims from the Pallister government that the $1 billion of system upgrades Bell promised to invest over five years will result in any notable improvements beyond what MTS had planned. But while Maloway claims MTS already planned to spend about $200 million a year on its own upgrades, Bell MTS says its capital plan was at least 20% higher.
Premier Pallister and Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen weren available for interviews Friday.
In an email, Pedersen didn directly respond to questions on the NDP claim the premier should have pushed for job guarantees leading up to the merger, instead alleging the opposition party has an aversion to private sector investment. are focused on progressive, forward thinking policies that make our province the right place for business to invest, build and grow, wrote Pedersen.
BellMTS also declined an interview request Friday, though spokesperson Jeremy Sawatzky sent an email to the Winnipeg Sun that noted layoffs and buyouts have occurred throughout the industry in recent years.
is a competitive industry that changing rapidly. That why Bell MTS is making significant investments in Manitoba $1 billion over five years in new networks and services, significantly more than MTS would have been able to invest on its own,
the email stated.