Questions on hiring freeze lift, impact on student jobs
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the timing of government’s announcement today that it has lifted its freeze on hiring is peculiar.
“Government just announced that it has lifted the temporary suspension on hiring saying recruitment for government jobs will begin as of today. The timing of this announcement is perplexing,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Minister of Finance were these positions immune from the bumping process that has just gone in the public sector? And if so, why?”
Michael is concerned about the specific impact of today’s announcement on students looking for summer employment and co-op positions.
“The Government says it remains committed to providing job experiences for students, and will continue to have a program for co-op students and summer students,” she said.
“I ask the Minister of Finance is this government committing to keeping the same number of co-op and summer jobs for summer students who greatly need the employment experience as they have had before? How many students are employed this year as compared to last year?
“Very often our students hope that such temporary situations will lead to permanent jobs. This announcement is cold comfort to all those students many of whom will have to leave the province due to the chill that has fallen over it.
“I ask the Minister of Finance what that commitment will do for students who have graduated from programs and need permanent employment?”