FORD ORDERS PUBLIC-SECTOR HIRING FREEZE, ESSENTIAL STAFF EXCLUDED
Jun 18, 2018
By Bob Komsic
Premier-designate Doug Ford’s putting the public sector under a hiring freeze.
A party source says essential staff, including those in policing and fire services, are exempt.
As part of a number of measures aimed at limiting spending while the province’s books are examined line-by-line, Ford’s also directed government ministries to cancel ”subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel.
During the election campaign, he promised to audit spending by the Liberal government and to save billions each year by finding unspecified efficiencies, without cutting jobs.
The move does not surprise the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
But Warren ”Smokey” Thomas is concerned what Ford does will affect ”at least some of our (34,000) members everywhere, and depending on the decision, could affect a lot of them.”