Thursday, August 11 2022

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador launched a television ad campaign, decrying the damage that will be wrought if Premier Andrew Furey’s plan for the economy, known as “Big Reset”, is allowed to continue.

The TV commercial is now airing on NTV and will debut on CBC on June 27. A digital campaign is also being launched, asking the public to ‘reject the reset’ and stop Prime Minister Furey’s plan to destroy our public services. A message to the Prime Minister and MPs can be sent via the campaign website at RejectTheResetNL.ca.

“As frontline public service providers, we are concerned about the damage Premier Furey’s plans to privatize services and sell off provincial assets will cause,” said CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier. “With the Prime Minister’s plan, we will lose control of services, costs will increase and quality will suffer.

“Thousands of good jobs will be lost,” adds Hillier. “At a time when the cost of living is exploding, we must invest in public services, not cut. Public services make life more affordable and fairer for everyone.

“We are also alarmed by the creation of a provincial health superboard and the impact this will have on patients, staff and quality of care. We’ve seen this happen in Nova Scotia and it’s a disaster,” Hillier said.

“Our government must act quickly to protect our public health care system and ensure that every resident of Newfoundland and Labrador has access to quality care, when and where they need it. Under the Prime Minister’s plan, rural hospitals and clinics will be lost. Decisions about health care services will be based on profit margins. Plus, Furey’s plan means parents will have less of a say in their children’s education,” Hillier says. “We need to act now and ‘reject the reset’.”

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador proudly represents over 6,300 members who work in health care, education, long-term care, municipalities, social services, libraries, daycares, corporations airlines, government agencies, and more.

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