A New Brunswick union boss is accusing the province of giving preferential treatment to private companies it is contracting to do work on the province’s highways.
“This doesn’t tie into their big platform promise of job creation and growing the economy,” CUPE Local 1190 president Andrew Hardy said. “They can’t even guarantee this work’s going to stay in New Brunswick.”
The unionized workers say not only can they do the work that’s being contracted to private companies better, but in many cases they can do it cheaper as well.
CUPE says losing out on projects points to companies receiving favourable treatment from the government, and that it could possibly be due to donations those companies made to the Liberal Party.
“When looking through the donations that the Liberals have received there’s quite a few paving contracts in that,” CUPE Local 1190 secretary treasurer Joey Kelly said.
He said a review of government spending identified areas the province could “better focus programs and services, streamline operations and transform the way we do business.”
Hardy said CUPE would be taking their concerns to the auditor general immediately to request a full investigation.