Canada Ford freezes salaries of public service managers

18:28  03 july  2018
18:28  03 july  2018 Source:

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The former Liberal government had kept a salary freeze on managers and executives in the public service for five years, only ending the freeze in 2017 “ Ford was sworn in yesterday and his first act in health care was to break with the principal of universality and cut a service that was being used.

Salary freezes may be employed by any kind of employer, whether in the public or private sectors. Managers should level with workers and explain why the decision was made, as well as do what they can to provide alternate means of compensating workers.

TORONTO - Ontario's new premier has frozen the wages of public service managers and ordered a review of executive and management compensation in his latest effort to curb government spending.

A memo posted on the government website Friday — the day Doug Ford was sworn in as premier — says pending pay adjustments for managers, executives and staff not covered by collective bargaining will be on hold "until the new government can put in place an expenditure management strategy."

The documents says merit pay for the current performance cycle will not be affected, however.

Ford had previously put the public service under a hiring freeze, except for essential frontline staff such as police and corrections officers, and halted discretionary spending such as newspaper subscriptions.

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The Progressive Conservative leader campaigned on a promise of fiscal responsibility and vowed to find billions in efficiencies each year without cutting jobs. He has also pledged to launch a line-by-line audit of government spending to help eliminate waste.

Ford's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Under their previous leader, the Tories had promised to review the salaries of public sector CEOs and other executives if elected to government.

The newly ousted Liberals had imposed a five-year wage freeze on public sector executives and managers. As it lifted last year, broader public sector agencies were required to post their proposals for new executive compensation packages under a framework that capped salaries at the 50th percentile of "appropriate comparators."

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