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Re: Nov. 5 NEWS letter by Jim Bergot (‘QB needs to negotiate wages’).

Re: Nov. 5 NEWS letter by Jim Bergot (‘QB needs to negotiate wages’).

The wages of our employees should never be the subject of a citizen’s attack. It is important that we pay our employees the best possible wage, as a living wage creates healthy communities.

There are many corporations and government bodies that see the wages of the worker as the place to cut. In fact, the expenditure of our tax dollars needs to be examined.

The installation of self check at our local library is one such example. How does this save us money? The purchase of these machines remove our community tax dollars and in most instances send them offshore.

If we employ people, we generate more money from our tax dollars, as these monies are spent here for mortgages, food, fuel and other living expenses — these create new jobs and so on. These machines will need maintenance and upgrading so we will have an ongoing removal of our money.

In this time of change from an industrial to a technology age, we need to have transition measures to ensure that we don’t create an impoverished society, as was witnessed during the industrial age. As a citizen there are many ways to take part in the transition.

The recent imposing of the one and only corporation that will receive our recycling, is an example of when we as citizens need to voice our outrage at who and at what cost our money will be extracted  from us.

The ongoing, never-ending projects that extract money from our province and our country is where outrage needs to be directed, not at our own citizens.

Pauline Liste

Errington

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