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No doubt you have heard about Premier Prentice’s comments stating that public sector wages in Alberta are “unsustainable” and out of line with private-sector compensation.

Of course, this is simply not the case.

No doubt you have heard about Premier Prentice’s comments stating that public sector wages in Alberta are “unsustainable” and out of line with private-sector compensation.

Of course, this is simply not the case. Government spin doctors use all kinds of deceptive and misleading tricks to distort data to further their agenda. For example, they routinely lump in management compensation with front-line workers’ pay to inflate average wages.

Lately Prentice and his government have been using these distortions to help justify budget cutbacks, implying that frontline workers bear some of the responsibility for the province’s current fiscal crisis.

The truth is, the reason our government is in this crisis isn’t because of spending. It’s because corporations, in particular the energy sector, and wealthy Albertans don’t pay their fair share for public services. Average Albertans and the disadvantaged are forced to suffer in this discriminatory taxation system.

To help set the record straight and help members better understand these complex issues, AUPE has prepared a fact sheet laying out the truth about public sector wages and the real source of the government’s financial crisis. It can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Please share it with your friends and coworkers.

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