Splash damage?

Earlier, we reported the provincial government would be cutting "under 300 positions." But, according to the premier's deputy minister Jessica McDonald those layoffs won't impact the ministry of children and family development. Although, in an email to staff, the ministry's deputy Lesley du Toit acknowledged "it is possible that some union employees in our ministry will be affected" by layoffs in other parts of government "as the process set out in the collective agreement unfolds." The following is a complete copy of that email.

From: Erickson, Jennifer MCF:EX
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 3:22 PM
To: MCF All Exchange mailboxes
Subject: Message from Deputy Minister, Lesley du Toit

Dear colleagues:

Today, the government introduced its updated budget. In her message to all employees today, Jessica McDonald indicated that the continued fiscal pressure being faced across government has resulted in a need to begin a formal workforce adjustment process that directly impacts our colleagues across the public service. Further information on the corporate impact is available on the @Work employee intranet.

MCFD, like all ministries, has been affected by measures such as the closing of vacant positions and placement of individuals into new assignments. As a result of these actions taken to manage our budget pressures over the last several months, we do not anticipate further staffing impacts different than those we have taken to date. We will continue to monitor our staffing and operational budgets closely over the rest of the current fiscal year.

While our current staffing position is reassuring, it is possible that some union employees in our ministry will be affected as the process set out in the collective agreement unfolds. All union employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the relevant terms of the collective agreement. If you have any questions about how this affects you, you should contact your PSA Human Resource consultant or Patrick Doyle, ADM, Strategic Human Resources at 250 356-1862.

Of course, the impacts pending in other ministries have a very personal impact on those employees, their families, and all of us as their colleagues. I know all of you will be respectful of the impact this workforce adjustment will be having in ministries where employees are being directly involved.

Thank you again for your exceptional commitment and professionalism to helping manage through this challenging year.

Lesley

Deputy Minister

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