Open Government needs to create serious venues for addressing really tough and "NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT TO TALK ABOUT" issues facing Canadians. We need to bring these issues out into the open from their "neat little hiding places", where they've been swept under the rug so to speak. For example: There is a very large Compensation/Benefit Gap issue in Canada between Public and Private Sector workers. This tends to create a two-class system. Why is this issue not being addressed or openly discussed.
Study after study shows that public sector worker pay is 10% - 20% higher than private sector worker pay for the same type job. And the total compensation gap does not stop there. Public Sector workers all have defined benefit pension plans whereas the average private sector worker does not even have a pension. When we add in dental plans, prescription drug plans, number of sick days taken per year, vacation days available per year, the disparity becomes embarrassing. Public sector workers in Canada are retiring younger and younger on full pensions adjusted to inflation with benefits while private sector workers in Canada are working longer and longer past 65 with no pension and no benefits. This is insidiousness. Private sector worker tax dollars are taken to enable public sector workers to retire earlier and earlier while they (private sector workers) in turn have to work longer and longer. Something is very wrong with this picture. For there to be any kind of success with the "Open Government" initiative, the these kinds of tough issues and topics MUST be tabled and openly discussed in a moderated environment - objectively, factually and peacefully.
1. Set up independent study group (not all from pubic sector and academia but rather selected on basis of population - i.e. ~35% of workers in Public Sector and ~65% in Private Sector so this is split of study group selection. The ~65% from private sector can't all be from near-government institutions like banks etc. Their selection must represent Canadian industry employment demographics).
2. Make available stats can information and assistant to this group
1. Group submit finding and submit recommendations/report after 18 months with monthly progress updates to Sponsor
2. Publish findings and set of remedial action recommendations for Canadians to review on website
3. Legislative action plan to eliminate Public Sector - Private Sector wage, pension and benefit gap for jobs of similar types / values
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Submitted by Steve on February 22, 2021 - 11:49 PM
If the gross wage of a government worker is paid by the private tax payers then to arrive at a net wage it would make sense that the private sector taxes also pays government employees taxes and all other benefits gained from that government body employment.
If this is denied then the government body should extend this concept to all Canadians. This is a horrible structure.
Submitted by Greg Stephenso… on February 12, 2021 - 3:03 AM
Thank you for posting this.
Looking at gaps between public and private sector wage, pension, and benefits is important for our long-term success.
It also speaks to quality of life differences. It is telling when looking at retirement age, vacations, etc. Private sector citizens deserve equal opportunity for a positive quality of life.
This does not diminish the value of public sector workers,
But it is important to point out - what resources would we have with out the private sector also?
Submitted by Elizabeth Tayl… on April 22, 2020 - 11:50 AM
It does feel like this gap is widening and it seems unfair . The taxes we pay in the private sector allow people in the public sector to have a life style and benefits that we can not afford for ourselves. It is only getting worse. There needs to be accountability for our tax payer dollars. I value the work that the public sector does on our behalf but it should not break my back.
Submitted by Anonymous on April 05, 2020 - 6:42 PM
The defensive comments here from public sector workers /retirees is so typical of the denial one is confronted with in any attempt to have an open discussion on the subject of private/public sector pensions.
Now, as a 63 year old
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Submitted by Paul Kucera on April 09, 2021 - 5:56 AM
You are talking about professional positions, people with higher education. Yes, in private sector these positions may earn more than in public sector. However, these jobs are in minority compared to the huge number of general labor jobs in private sector. Laborers earn a lot less and often do not get the benefits like early retirements, indexed pensions, vacations and perks common in the public sector. Laborers pay the taxes to support such benefits. Don't forget that.
Submitted by Chris Jezovnik on May 16, 2020 - 2:31 AM
The examples chosen don't reflect the average Canadian worker. Most do not work for large private corporations. Most do not have titles like "Construction Project Manager", "Engineer" or "Director" in a private utility. Most do not have private pension plans.
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Submitted by Greg Stephenson on February 12, 2021 - 3:11 AM
Tell this sad story to my wife who spent 6 years in post-secondary school and is struggling in a few dollars more than a minimum-paid job with no pension. She is hoping for a raise but the challenges with COVID probably make this impossible.
There is a clear disconnect with reality between public sector workers and what they have to ‘pay’ to have their rich retirement pensions and the private sector who have so little options.
Let’s be clear - a ‘public sector’ job is a sweet deal and you should feel lucky to have the privilege to be paid at top dollar and have a pension that makes you many times richer than many in the private sector could ever hope for. Please, at least acknowledge how lucky you are vs the many who struggle in the private sector.
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