Government On Right Track With Budget 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MoveUP President David Black says the BC Budget is on course to create greater stability for workers.

MoveUP represents about 4700 members at ICBC and Black is pleased to see that in the budget there is a recognition that staff can play a key role in reducing skyrocketing claims costs. “When there is enough staff to answer the phone, respond to questions and provide information, auto accident victims are less likely to turn to lawyers," said Black. "It will take some time to turn around the financial mess caused by the previous government, but we see this as a good first step.” ICBC is currently undergoing a review and it is expected that more detailed information about its financial future will be provided in next February's 2018 budget.   

Moveup is also encouraged that changes are being made at BC Hydro to replace contractors with internal staff, which will save ratepayers $20 million over the next three years.  The government will review existing independent power project (IPP) contracts, since most of the capital costs have been recouped by the owners.

The NDP government is making significant investments in BC Transit.  The budget calls for an increase from 154 million this coming year to 185 million in 2019-2020.  “This will provide more services and transportation options for British Columbians and greater security for many workers,” said Black.

The government has said that some of its key campaign promises will take time to implement, such as $10 a day childcare.  However, we are pleased to see that it is improving affordability, building better services for everyone and investing in the economy to create jobs.


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