Cutback government management, not workers

Re: Political raises should have more oversight, (Letters, Sept. 14)

Re: Political raises should have more oversight, (Letters, Sept. 14)

I agree with Elaine Sheridan’s sentiments but would like to make one suggestion.

She quotes Christy Clark as saying, “I am not going back to taxpayers for more money in order to give government workers a raise.” I think the term government workers is too all encompassing.

A government worker is anyone who receives pay for providing a service to government.

This includes bureaucrats and middle management, but when deciding on whose job should be cut or where wages are to be rolled back, these people are overlooked or not considered to fit into the category of a government worker.

We do not include these people when we consider cutbacks and wage rollbacks. When addressing issues concerning government workers and pay for service we need to differentiate between these two parties.

Government should be willing to pay workers at the lower end of the pay spectrum a reasonable wage so they can support themselves and not become reliant on food banks or other social services.

The money needed to do this would be obtained from cutbacks and wage rollbacks in the areas of middle management. It would not be necessary to go back to taxpayers and ask for more money.

Jim Bates

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

MISSING: Victoria police seek 42-year-old Craig Hughes

Hughes was last seen on May 20 at 5:45 a.m.

Increased rental construction boosts housing starts across Greater Victoria

Rest of Vancouver Island experiencing spillover effect from Greater Victoria

Peninsula crews extinguish early morning boat fire in Central Saanich

Firefighters saved nearby home from further damage

Sidney’s library opens new chapter after $2M refit

Library reopens after 8 months boasting improved systems and accessibility

VIDEO: Fun without sun: Hundreds enjoy Family Fest on Victoria Day

Families enjoy activities in Veterans Memorial Park

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Federal government funds millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

Many police departments have expressed wariness about using the only government-approved roadside test

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban ‘smacks of defiance’

The new law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Most Read