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CUPE Qub0065c released an analysis of the Charest governments plans to sell off and dismantle the provinces property management organization and the buildings it owns this week.

Mauvaise affaire public-priv 0069s the first in a series of brochures the union is releasing to combat the Qub0065c Liberals privatizing agenda. The 24-page brief analyzes the economics behind selling off the Socit Immobilir0065 du Qub0065c which owns and manages office space on behalf of the government.

We want to contribute to the debate, said CUPE Qub0065c director Pierre Dupuis. This brochure uses the numbers to demonstrate that privatizing and dismantling the SIQ will have consequences for Qub0065c taxpayers.

Its not so much an ideological argument but rather an economic proof of the harmful effects of the governments decision, he added.

Qub0065c finance minister Yves Sg0075in announced plans to dismantle the SIQ and sell the buildings it owns in the last provincial budget.

Without the option of using its own facilities to house government departments, the paper argues the SIQ will have much less negotiating power when leasing space.

Serge Genest is the president of CUPE 2929, which represents about 500 SIQ employees. He says the paper demonstrates that the SIQ is effective and economical.

The brochure is available here: http://scfp.qc.ca/modules/documents/medias/6-siq20040929.pdf