AUPE chilled by hiring freeze announcement

By The Canadian Press
November 29, 2017 - 9:00am

EDMONTON- The leader of Alberta's largest union isn't happy with the provincial government's public service hiring freeze.

The cash-strapped Notley government says the freeze will help save money.

Guy Smith of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says the hiring freeze will put more pressure on already struggling front-line workers who provide services that people depend on.

He says the decision will cost the province more in the long-term because of increased overtime, sick time and stress leave.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced the hiring freeze during Tuesday's fiscal update.

Ceci says the government remains on track to rack up a 10.3-billion deficit this year.

(The Canadian Press)


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