That is the question @YukonGale asked on Twitter tonight during tonight’s episode of Power Play on the boob tube this fine evening. I watched it too. For those who did not watch, Don Martin asked both journalists (Toronto Star’s Tim Harper and of course, Bob Fife, CTV’s Ottawa bureau chief) he had on the journo’s panel their thoughts of Stevie Spiteful pulling on a tighter noose on labour and their wages, conditions, collective bargaining, etc on crown corporations such as the much maligned CBC/Radio Canada and Via Rail. In a nutshell, Tim Harper had problems with it for all the obvious reasons. However, Bob Fife seemed to be all gung ho about it. To paraphrase ol’ Bobby, Crown corp workers’ wages are basically out of control and so are their pensions and other benefits and well, hell, something must be done! After all, most Canadians work for the private sector, they earn less and have no pension plans. Yes, boys ‘n’ girls, he really did say that!
Well, Mr. Bobby Fife, that sounds rich coming from you, a CTV veteran and Ottawa Bureau Chief. I mean, is he really suggesting he gets paid less than his CBC counterparts? Is anyone going to try to convince me he has noooo pension plan or other fringe benefits such as group insurance? I mean, if he were really jealous of CBC workers, wouldn’t he have somehow snagged a gig from the CBC a long time ago? Yeah, he is really the right folksy spokesperson for all the underpaid workers of the private sector. Oh Bobby, if you were really worried about the plight of most private sector workers paid less and have far less benefits than those of public sector workers, you wouldn’t be so smug in your suit and tie in the CTV studio bantering with Don Martin. No, you’d be out on this nice warm summery day leading a May Day march somewhere. You’d be leading a rallying cry for better working conditions for these workers if you really cared about them. Furthermore, you’d be on the asses of companies using Bengladeshi blood sweat out in unsafe and illegal factories. That goes for the Blogging SupposiTories who whine about public sector workers as well as other right winged members of the politically insane.
As for all those workers bitching about how public sector unionized workers getting too much because you don’t get nearly that much, here’s a bit of advice to you. Switch gears! Time to wake ‘n’ bake! Instead of bitching and showing your green eyed monster of jealousy come through, why not demand better for yourselves? Why not try to find something better? You would certainly deserve it. Get something straight, the reason these CEO’s and the like are so rich and well healed is because of you, the worker. Without workers of all skill levels, your bosses would be nowhere and fast. Instead, you’re contributing to Stevie Spiteful’s campaign of driving down wages. Hell, a little more outrage about temporary foreign workers taking your jobs would be helpful.
Another thing, our MPs and Harpercon cabinet are all getting raises. Before going off on public sector employees, start with yourselves, shave off that gold plated pension would be an excellent start. As they say, put up or shut up.