A substantial number of the 2,500 economists working at Statistics Canada could end up with notices that their jobs are affected by the Conservative government’s budget cuts, forcing them to compete with each other for their jobs, says the union representing them.
Claude Poirier, president of the Canadian Association Professional Employees, said he’s heard the national statistical agency could issue up to 1,000 notices to employees affected by planned restraint measures.
Most of those affected employees won’t lose their jobs, but because all economists work under a handful of generic job descriptions, they will be forced to compete for their jobs. There are eight levels of economists who work for government, but Statistics Canada has a limited number of job descriptions compared to other departments so that economists can move around the agency to any job at their level.
“So many of them have the same job descriptions, which is tough because it puts so many people under the stress of competing for jobs and the results can take a long time,” said Poirier.
“It’s awful for employees to have to compete for their own jobs. It’s crazy and enough to make you want to get out of the public service.”