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PRINCE GEORGE Concerned about the recommendations in a consultants report, CUPE has called on city council and citizens to stay alert to the pressure to give away everything that residents have worked so hard to build.

In releasing its analysis of the report, given to city council last week, CUPE expressed grave concerns today about both the process and the recommendations contained in the report.

They call it the Service Delivery to Business Customers task force report, said Leann Dawson, CUPE national servicing representative commenting on behalf of Local 399 (outside workers) and Local 1048 (inside workers). Our research suggests that it would be more aptly identified as a business wish list.

This was by no means an independent report, she added. Consultants were chosen without tendering and were directed to speak to certain city staff and members of the business community. They were even directed as to which communities Prince George should be compared.

CUPEs analysis argues that the report, which came in 11 months late and cost $20,000 more than originally budgeted, is nothing more than the opinions of a select group of corporate interests.

This report offers a potpourri of measures that represent every giveaway that business could imagine, Dawson said. The consultants dont even deny that their report lacks independence. It is no basis for future action.


Contact: Leanne Dawson, CUPE National Representative, 250-612-7586