Our tax dol­lars also on strike

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices (CBS) strike in Char­lot­te­town has been on­go­ing now for five months. Strik­ing staff is pri­mar­ily only ask­ing for a guar­an­tee of work­ing hours. CBS re­fuses to sup­port its work­ers in this fair re­quest.

The P.E.I. govern­ment has pretty much in­di­cated that they will not in­ter­vene in this dis­pute un­less they are asked to. Well, I am ask­ing them to. The P.E.I. govern­ment pays $30 mil­lion of our tax dol­lars to CBS ev­ery year for its ser­vices.

Granted, CBS is still pro­vid­ing P.E.I. with blood sup­plies while the strike is on, but tax­pay­ers are get­ting ripped off while this strike con­tin­ues. Strik­ing staff is not be­ing paid and the Char­lot­te­town col­lec­tion cen­tre re­mains closed. Has our yearly tax dol­lar pay­ment been ad­justed ac­cord­ingly? You can bet it has not.

An­other ex­am­ple of our tax dol­lars be­ing squan­dered. It’s time for the P.E.I. govern­ment to get in­volved and see this strike dealt with. We de­serve to get the full ser­vices that the govern­ment is pay­ing our tax dol­lars for. Allen Veale, Strat­ford

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