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The BC government’s decision to give huge pay raises to senior bureaucrats has been condemned by CUPE-BC president Barry O’Neill as a slap in the face to public sector workers.

“Since 1998, public employees across British Columbia have been restricted to the province’s wage controls of 0, 0 and 2 per cent over three years,” said O’Neill. “Yet now, the same government that imposed these wage restrictions on front line workers has decided to give deputy ministers an instant pay raise of up to 29 per cent.”

O’Neill challenged BC Finance Minister Paul Ramsey to “put his money where his mouth is and show workers in the broader public sector they too can expect reasonable remuneration for an honest hour’s work.”